Maker’s Mark 46 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky 750mL
Expertly finished for bolder character, Maker's Mark 46™ is aged longer with special seared French oak staves added later in the process for a uniquely bold and smooth taste. Maker's Mark 46 was the brainchild of Bill Samuels, Jr., son of the Maker's Mark®founders, Bill and Margie. Released in 2010, Maker's Mark 46 was the first new major expression to be created at the Maker's Mark® Distillery since our original bourbon went into production in 1953. We tried dozens of different wood staves that were cut, toasted and charred a number of ways. We added these to Maker's Mark at cask strength and eventually discovered the wonderful effects that seared French oak had on our bourbon. These virgin staves are the essential component to the amped-up notes of vanilla and caramel of Maker's Mark 46, without the bitterness that often comes with additional aging.
The wood-finishing experiments were largely enacted by Bill Samuels, Jr., and Master Distiller Kevin Smith, with a big assist from the Independent Stave Company, the distillery's longtime cooperage. After finally finding the flavor they were after, Bill, Jr., learned that the perfectly toasted French oak stave was on file as "Stave Profile No. 46."
Members of the Samuels family speak often about "taste vision." Vision is what set the Maker's Mark founders – Bill, Sr., and Margie Samuels – on their course to create a product that tasted and looked like no other. This taste vision was passed on to their son, who developed his own thirst for a new kind of Maker's® after years of promoting his parents' bourbon.
The result of the taste vision pursued by Bill Samuels, Jr., the 46 process adds new dimensions of boldness and layers of flavor. Maker's Mark 46 is bottled at 94 proof, which helps deliver bigger vanilla and caramel notes.