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Maker's Mark Private Selection Kentucky Bourbon Whisky S1B3
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Maker's Mark Private Selection Kentucky Bourbon Whisky S1B3

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At Maker's Mark, the wood-finishing series explores new, unique expressions of their signature whisky. Beginning as fully matured Maker's Mark® at cask strength, Private Selection is created by adding ten custom wood finishing staves to each barrel. It's then aged in their limestone cellar to extract a unique, flavorful taste profile. The finishing staves can be added any combination of five flavor profiles and with 1,001 possible stave combinations, each expression of Private Selection has a customized finish and unique taste profile, yet undeniably Maker's Mark.

From Brian Schmidt, Topflight Series Panel Member:

The Maker's Mark® Private Selection process differs entirely from any other major bourbon distiller and is unique to the Topflight Series in that it's not a pure single barrel. Our Topflight Series tasting panel sampled the current five oak stave types: Baked American Pure, Seared French Cuvée, Maker's Mark 46, Roasted French Mendiant, and Toasted French Spice. We then selected a combination for our 10 stave recipe, which was returned to the barrel for several months to impart flavors in our own unique recipe. I'm very excited to report that what we thought would be excellent when we created it back in March 2022 turned out to be outstanding.

My predominant tasting notes for this pour have been a few food phrases. Chocolate Cherries Garcia. Chocolate-covered bourbon barrel-aged cherries. Our selection guide said this was what he would imagine a Port-finished Maker's Mark would taste like. On the nose, (no surprise) cherries, almonds, chocolate, and toffee. The palate is where that chocolate comes through fully, which morphs from chocolate-covered cherry to raisinets as it finishes. There are amaretto and rum raisin elements that pop out at different points as well. Bottled at a cask strength of 109.5 proof, this incredibly smooth bourbon pour is unique in flavor and exceptional from nose to finish.

TOPFLIGHT: Series 1, Barrel No. 3

PROOF: 109.5

MASHBILL: 70% Corn, 16% Wheat, 14% Malted Barley

BARREL: Stave Profile - 2 Baked American Pure, 2 Seared French Cuvee, 4 Roasted French Mendiant, 2 Toasted French Spice

Bottle Size: 750ml 

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Notes of Scent & Flavor

  • Nose

    Cherries, almonds, chocolate, toffee.
  • Palate

    Chocolate-covered cherries.
  • Finish

    Amaretto and rum raisin.