Maker's Mark 46 was the first bourbon in the wood-finishing line, devised by Bill Samuels, Jr. to enhance the qualities he enjoys in Maker's Mark. The recipe begins with a perfectly aged Maker's Mark directly from the barrel. But then it takes an unexpected turn. As a result, the whisky is richer and more nuanced.
Maker’s Mark 46 - The First In The Series
Bill Samuels came up with the idea for Maker's Mark 46. Maker's Mark 46 was the first new significant expression made at the Maker's Mark Distillery since their original bourbon was released in 1953, launched in 2010. Maker's Mark in a bolder, more intricate form. Caramel and vanilla aromas are prominent, with a lingering finish. In addition, maker's Mark 46 is the company's first wood-finishing product. They worked extensively to perfect the effects of wood finishing to create whole new Maker's Mark interpretations that are genuine to the classic. This needed a lot of effort and failure, but in the end, expertise, enthusiasm, and perseverance paid off.
Why Maker’s Mark ‘46’?
Bill Samuels, Jr. and Master Distiller were in charge of the wood-finishing studies, with the Independent Stave Company assisting them greatly. Bill, Jr. learned that the ideally toasted French oak stave was on record as "Stave Profile No. 46" after they had found the 'one' they were looking for.
Maker’s Mark 46 has a toasty scent with sweet spices and a rich, creamy caramel flavor. The palate is initially creamy and soft. Then it bursts with spiciness, concentrating on the soft palate. It's flavored with nutmeg, mulled wine spices, allspice, and cinnamon.
The sweet spices flow naturally down the palate, concentrating on the tongue - this may be one of the few occasions you'll perceive a focus of sweetness from a bourbon.
Ways To Enjoy The Bourbon Whiskey
While we prefer drinking it straight, Maker's Mark 46's higher strength lets the bourbon flavor rise to whatever you mingle it with. As a result, it's particularly well-suited to classic cocktails.
The Penicillin cocktail begins with smoke and peat scents before transitioning to a balanced sweetness and a flash of spice. Maker's, Scotch, ginger, honey, and lemon evoke the flavors of hot drinks but are best enjoyed on the rocks in this scenario.
This new spin on the Moscow Mule includes Maker's Mark for extra depth. It's ideal for those hot summer days, but it's also fantastic at any time of year.
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