The signature Maker's Mark family recipe, but at a
special 101 proof for the holidays. For generations, special guests have
sampled the signature whisky at a higher proof at the Maker’s Mark distillery.
Through a new annual holiday release, this exclusive whisky will be available
to share with special guests throughout the season.
Like all Maker’s Mark whisky, there’s a lot to discover
within it, front-of-the-tongue bourbon smoothness, but with richer and more
intense flavor from the higher proof. It’s definitely different – and a rare
treat for all who make the pour. Rich, creamy and soft spice with fruit and
caramel. The finish is mellow, creamy with a midpalate finish that pleasantly
Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon is special in that
red winter wheat serves as the replacement for rye in the recipe. This special
holiday release is bottled at a higher 101 proof that gives the profile some
additional boldness, richness, and intensity that fans of the original are
bound to appreciate.
Made from a mash of corn, wheat, and malted barley,
Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky (spelled without an "e"
to honor the Samuels family’s Scottish heritage) manages to marry large-scale,
global production with a rich tradition in a way that few other distilleries
can rival. The actual "makers" of Maker’s Mark still rotate the
barrels in the distillery’s warehouses, bottle the whisky and dip the bottles
in wax — all by hand.
On October 1, 1953, William Samuels Sr. purchased Burks
Distillery, which was situated in Loretto, Kentucky, for $35,000. Five years
later, the distillery released the first bottles of Maker’s Mark Bourbon
Whisky, which featured the distillery’s distinctive red wax seal. The
distillery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and
was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1980.