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Makers Mark Cellar Aged 11year Bourbon 2023 Release
Whiskey Advocate 94
WA Top 20 2023 Rank 6
This year came the moment Makers Mark fans have all been waiting forthe release of an ultra-aged Makers expression. The extra maturation was done in a specially built limestone cellar to guard against Kentuckys summer heat. The result is the dram of your dreamsbeautifully integrated flavors of cocoa powder, cinnamon, cola, black cherry pudding, vanilla, and delicate spice, followed by a long finish delivering more of the same. ... read more
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Size:750mL (liquor)
Alcohol by vol:57.8%
Store Item ID:#57208
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Whiskey Advocate 94
WA Top 20 2023 Rank 6
This year came the moment Makers Mark fans have all been waiting forthe release of an ultra-aged Makers expression. The extra maturation was done in a specially built limestone cellar to guard against Kentuckys summer heat. The result is the dram of your dreamsbeautifully integrated flavors of cocoa powder, cinnamon, cola, black cherry pudding, vanilla, and delicate spice, followed by a long finish delivering more of the same. Its smooth and irresistibly drinkable, even at this powerful proof. The Makers faithful will be delighted to know theres more coming, as this one will be an annual release. David Fleming

When we set out to do something new, we never forget who we are or what we stand for. Bourbon thats always aged to taste, not time. Bourbon without the bite, thats always smooth. For 65 years, aging our whisky for a decade-plus wasnt something we did. Not because we dont believe in it, but because we hadnt found our way of doing it. What if we move the barrels into our proprietary limestone whisky cellar that just happens to be the first of its kind? What if instead of facing the extremes of the Kentucky climate, the bourbon spends years consistently around 50-degrees? We discovered that, in here, time slows down, creating the one-of-a-kind conditions we need for aging to a deeper, rich and more complex flavor. One with hidden depths, but no bitterness. Makers Mark Cellar Aged defines an older whisky thats distinctly Makers. One rooted in burning recipes, challenging convention and building on a taste vision generations in the making.

MAKERS MARK IS AGED TO TASTE, AND THIS EXPRESSION WILL BE TOO. HOWEVER, THE CELLAR AGED TASTE VISION EM BRACES THE UNIQUE IMPACT THAT BOTH OUR WAREHOUSE AND CELLAR MATURATION HAVE ON FLAVOR:
A richer, fruitier, more complex bourbon,thats deeper, darker with no bitterness. To achieve this, we used the Makers Mark limestone cellar to age the bourbon for an additional five to six years after standard ~6 year maturing in our traditional rickhouses. This slows
down the tannic impact that occurs during maturation while allowing the barrel to develop complexities and deeper, darker flavor characteristics. Cellar Aged will be bottled at cask strength, and final proof of the 2023 release is 115.7.
About Maker's Mark
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.[20]

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[citation needed] 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.
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