Maker's Mark
Distillery
Founded in 1885 (1953)
The original “Burk’s Distillery” was constructed in 1885 just outside of Loretto, Kentucky. T. William “Bill” Samuels bought the operation in 1953 for $35,000. Samuels wanted to make quality, so he used the sales of the existing stockpiles of what he considered inferior Whiskey, to finance a revamp.

The first bottle of the new flagship brand “Makers Mark” was bottled in 1958, and dipped into the red sealing was that has become the company’s trademark. The Makers Mark line was one of the first to carve out a space in what we now call the “premium Bourbon” market.

It was a risk at the time since Bourbon was still largely viewed as a product for those who could afford Scotch or Cognac. But the gamble paid off and their products have been very well-received by the market.

Members of the Samuels family still work at the company, even though the facility and brand have been bought, sold, merged, and acquired many times. It is now owned by Beam-Suntory. Everything remains at the original location on the appropriately-named Burk’s Spring Road

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rye
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What does Maker's Mark taste like?

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Distillery Details

  • Country
    United States
  • Established
    1885 (1953)
  • Owner
    Beam-Suntory
  • Visitor Center
    Yes
  • Status
    Active
  • Address
    3350 Burks Spring Rd, Loretto, KY 40037
  • Phone
    (270) 865-2881
  • Website
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Listed as “Burk’s Distillery,” it is the first distillery in the United States to be designated a National Historic Landmark.

The brand was built upon a reputation for quality from day one. During the 1960s and 1970s they used the marketing tag line, “It tastes expensive … and is.” And they are one of the handful of premium American Bourbon makers that uses the Scottish spelling of “Whisky” (without the "e") on their products.

Citing the difficulties stretching supply to meet burgeoning demand, they announced in 2013 that they would add more water to cut the strength from 45% ABV to 42% and that they were sure no one would notice. The change was ill recieved by the public and they reversed the decision less than a year later.
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