Character isn’t made by machine. Maker’s Mark began with one man’s quest to create a bourbon that he enjoyed drinking. That sounds hardly revolutionary today, but in 1954 it disrupted an industry. Bill Samuels, Sr.’s pursuit began with his family’s trusted, 170-year-old recipe – the one he promptly set on fire, of course. Handmade. The Maker’s Mark way.
Created by Bill Samuels, Sr. to be a bourbon that he would enjoy drinking himself, Maker’s Mark is smooth and approachable with an easy finish – a true contrast to hot, harsh whiskies that “blow your ears off,” and a downright revolutionary idea at the time. Maker’s Mark is made slowly in small batches, in our National Historic Landmark distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. While it makes any cocktail better, a lot of folks still prefer it on its own, or over ice with a splash of water.
NOSE: Buttered corn-on-the-cob, vanilla and cinnamon.
PALATE: Soft and generous on the palate, pralines and cream, apricot, and burnt orange peel.
FINISH: Toasted oak and spice.