Maker’s Mark Tastings
Maker’s Mark was aged for around 6 to 7½ years in the past but, currently the age of their bourbon is much younger. Its current age is averaging 4 to 6 years old. The distillery states that it is 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.
Maker’s Mark is sold in unique bottles which are sealed with red wax. T. William Samuels’ wife, Marjorie “Margie” Samuels, gave the whiskey its name, drew its label, and thought up the wax dipping that gives the bottle its distinctive look. The idea came from Cognac bottles of that era. They were sealed with wax and so came the idea to seal their bottles in a similar fashion.
Maker’s Mark was introduced to the market in 1959. Three varieties are now marketed; the original, a mint julep flavor with green wax on the neck released seasonally in limited amounts, and Maker’s 46 (newly introduced but, is not technically bourbon) This is an expression that is flavored by introducing seared French oak staves into the traditional charred white oak barrel toward the end of its aging. This is what does not make it bourbon. The staves change the flavor of the aged bourbon. This is similar but, not at all the same as what Jack Daniel’s does to their whiskey. They filter their whiskey with sugar maple charcoal which changes the flavor of the whiskey. Otherwise the product could possibly be named bourbon. This doesn’t make it Tennessee Bourbon. There is no such thing. It is not bourbon at all. It is actually Tennessee Straight Whiskey.
Maker’s Mark Bourbon is a wheated bourbon and it has been said that the original recipe came from bread making.