Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Maker's Mark
  • Style Bourbon
  • Alcohol 45%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
  • nutty
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • cinnamon
  • cake
  • sweet
  • fruit
  • grain
  • wheat

Maker's Mark

Kentucky Straight Bourbon (0.7l, 45%)
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The Maker’s Mark Bourbon that started it all and still stands tall today.

The original “Burk’s Distillery” was built 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 to finance a revamp. The first bottle of the new flagship brand “Makers Mark” was bottled in 1958 and dipped into the red sealing wax that has become the company’s trademark — making them one of the first to carve out a space in what we now call the “premium Bourbon” market. Currently owned by Beam-Suntory, members of the Samuels family still work at the company.

Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon is THE signature Whisky of Maker’s Mark. And while the oh-so-trendy crowd dabbles in spice-bombs, this dram is designed to be smooth. And that starts with a wheated mash bill (no rye) using soft red winter wheat. The barrels are rotated by hand in the warehouse on a regular schedule and — as hey say — aged “to taste, not time.” It’s even bottled to 45% ABV on site and dipped into their famous red sealing wax which is left to drip down the sides, making it one of the most recognized brands of premium Bourbon.
  • Category Bourbon
  • Country United States
  • Region Kentucky
  • Distillery Maker's Mark
  • Style Bourbon
  • Alcohol 45%
California residents: Click here for Proposition 65 WARNING.
Appearance / Color
Warm Maple

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma opens sweet, then grows into a rich fruit and grain fragrance.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The palate leans toward warm roasted nuts with balanced notes of caramel, spice cake, and cobbler.

Finish
The finish is medium length and very smooth with a hint of cinnamon.
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  • nutty
  • caramel
  • spicy
  • cinnamon
  • cake
  • sweet
  • fruit
  • grain
  • wheat
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Character Dogson
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 received by the public and they reversed the decision less than a year later.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
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Dog Dogson's Smartass corner
Character Dogson
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 received by the public and they reversed the decision less than a year later.
Straight Bourbon must be matured for at least 2 years. If a bottle has no age statement, it’s at least 4 years old.
Bourbon only needs to be placed in a new oak container for a few seconds to be called Bourbon. Fresh from the still and unaged Bourbon is called a White Dog. Recently, many of the larger distillers have started packaging this harsh, clear grain spirit for sale.
Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.
At any given time, there are more barrels of Bourbon in Kentucky than there are people. The population of the Bluegrass State is about 4.4 million. Today there are more than 5 million barrels of Bourbon sitting in the rick-houses of that Old Kentucky Home. That’s nearly 300 bottles of Bourbon per person, or about 60 gallons each.
Bourbon Is a ''new barrel Spirit'': One of the legal requirements for Bourbon is that it only be aged in brand new oak charred barrels.
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