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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Maker's Mark Releases First Ever Limited Edition Bourbon

Maker's Mark has announced their first ever limited release with the introduction of their Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release: Stave Profile RC6 (what a name!). This new bourbon is bottled at barrel strength and uses proprietary wood staves that are referred to as referred to as Stave Profile RC6.

Jane Bowie, Maker's Mark Director of Private Select says:
We have been experimenting with wood finishing staves and techniques since we first released Maker's Mark 46 in 2010, and it never ceases to amaze me how much natural flavor we can extract from just ten wood staves interacting with our bourbon over a period of time. Stave finishes allow us to innovate with an already delicious product in a purposeful fashion, exploring different wood types, seasoning periods, cook times, and heat levels until we achieve the exact flavor vision we have in mind. We're excited to share the distinct possibilities with whisky fans, starting with the 2019 Limited Release.
This new release is limited to 255 barrels (each barrel achieves an average of around 150 bottles. This isn't an exact, number but should be a low-end approximation), which should equate to around 38,000 bottles. The process involves aging in traditional Maker's Mark barrels and then putting into a second barrel with ten proprietary "RC6" wood staves. The RC6 barrels are unique in that they are seasoned for 18 months before being toasted in a convection over. Once filled, the barrels are then aged in the Maker's Mark limestone cellar, bottled, and distributed.

Bottled at 108.2 proof, each 750mL bottle of the Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release will retail for a suggested $59.99 and will be available while supplies last.

Our Take

It isn't often that I've seen a barrel strength Maker's Mark. Give the rarity and the suggested MSRP, this is something I'll be on the lookout for. From the announcement, this sounds like something will be happening much more often from Maker's. Be sure to check back here for all the news. If you see this on the shelves or get a taste, drop a note in the comment box below.

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