The formula of Maker’s Mark bourbon was developed by Bill Samuels Sr. with a little help of Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle and Ernest Ripy (Wild Turkey).
After countless numbers of experiments they decided on mashbill: 70% corn, 16% wheat and 14% malted barley. The brand debuted in 1958 and remained unknown for over 20 years, when “Wall Street Journal” published an article about the Samuels family and their dedication to bourbon (August 1980). Today Maker’s is one of the iconic brands with annual sales close to 1.5 million cases. The Cask Strength expression was introduced in 2014 and originally was offered exclusively in 0.375 liter bottles in selected markets, the regular size bottles followed couple of years later. It is one of the very few examples of wheated bourbon bottled at barrel proof.
Nose: slightly spirity, vanilla, butterscotch, orange peel, cherries, plums, cinnamon, allspice, roasted peanuts and oak.
Palate: vanilla, caramel, honeyed nuts, popcorn, prunes, orange marmalade, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, white pepper and toasted oak.
Finish: long, with notes of caramel, vanilla, roasted peanuts, cinnamon, nutmeg and oak.