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"Radiant russet color. Sublime, sweet bouquet emits scents of fruit, vanilla, chocolate fudge, buttermilk and hazelnut; an impeccably balanced, state-of-the-art Bourbon bouquet. Displays mature tastes of shredded tobacco, caramel, fruit and pine. The smooth, dry and sinewy finish is luscious. Hands down, the finest bargain in American spirits. Best Buy."
"Rich in flavor, yet soft on the palate. A subtle level of sweetness that reflects the marriage of grain and oak. Distinctive and complex, yet possess the balance found in a well crafted malt or cognac. Refreshing and pleasant." ~ Distiller notes
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Maker's Mark is unusual in that no rye is used as part of the mash. Instead red winter wheat is used, along with corn (the predominant grain) and malted barley. During the planning phase of Maker's Mark, Samuels allegedly developed seven candidate mash bills for the new bourbon. As he did not have time to distill and age each one for tasting, he instead made a loaf of bread from each recipe and the one with no rye was judged the best tasting. Samuels also received considerable assistance and recipes from Stitzel-Weller owner Pappy Van Winkle, whose distillery produced the wheated Old Fitzgerald and W. L. Weller bourbons.
Maker's Mark is aged for around six years, being bottled and marketed when the company's tasters agree that it is ready. Maker's Mark is one of the few distillers to rotate the barrels from the upper to the lower levels of the aging warehouses during the aging process to even out the differences in temperature during the process. The upper floors are exposed to the greatest temperature variations during the year, so rotating the barrels ensures that the bourbon in all the barrels have the same quality and taste.