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Thursday, November 28, 2019

Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) Announces Maker's Mark OHLQ Holiday Barrel Program - Available December 6th

The Ohio Division of Liquor Control (OHLQ) has announced the availability of what they are calling the OHLQ Holiday release beginning at select locations (list below) at 9am on Friday, December 6th. This is the State's second Maker's Mark barrel selection release in 2019 following the ‘The Great 88 Select’, ‘Capital City Select’, ‘Queen City Select’, and ‘North Coast Select’ barrels released in April.

For this release, the State worked with Maker's Mark Master Distiller Denny Potter and Maker's Mark Private Select Founder Jane Bowie to select the barrels.

The way the process works is that representatives from the State went to Maker's Mark to create the unique blends. Maker's provided 5 staves to select from that could be combined in 1001 different combinations to create unique taste profiles. The five that the State got to choose from were:

  • Toasted French Spice - Smoke, coumarin, spice
  • Maker's 46 - Dried fruit, vanilla, spice
  • Roasted French Mocha - Char, maple, cacao
  • Baked American Pure 2 - Sweet brown vanilla, caramel, brown spice
  • Seared French Cuvee - Oaky, caramel, roasted/toasted


From there, the State created four unique expressions:

  • OHLQ Holiday in Columbus
    20% Baked American Pure 2
    40% Seared French Cuvee
    10% Maker's 46
    30% Toasted French Spice
  • OHLQ Holiday in Cincy
    10% Baked American Pure 2
    30% Seared French Cuvee
    40% Roasted French Mocha
    20% Toasted French Spice
  • OHLQ Holiday in the Land
    70% Baked American Pure 2
    30% Maker's 46
  • OHLQ Holiday in Ohio
    10% Baked American Pure 2
    40% Seared French Cuvee
    20% Maker's 46
    30% Toasted French Spice
Proofs will listed on the bottle as each barrel varies but expect them to be in the range of 108-114 (54%–57% alcohol). The Maker's Mark Holiday have a price of for $65.99 + tax for a 750ml bottle. No age statement was provided. Select stores will have calligraphers on hand from 9-11 a.m. so you can add a custom gift tag to your bottle. 


My Take

Trying to figure out the various compositions of the releases hurt my head, much less try to figure out if one combination is more appealing than others. For these releases, I'm not approaching this as a must have bourbon, but rather as a nice gift opportunity. If someone in your life is a big bourbon fan, these are reasonably priced and unique. Each location has a decent amount of bottles allocated so as long as you are at the store at or before 8:45am, you should be able to pick up a bottle pretty easy. Additionally, if you live near the custom gift tags location, that adds additional value. 

If you are concerned about the bourbon only, I'd pass on this one unless you're a huge Maker's fan. There isn't anything overly appealing about any of the blends and for $66 + tax, I'd rather try a new bourbon I haven't had before that I'll be able to purchase again if I really like it. 

If you go to any of the locations or get a bottle for Christmas, drop a note in the comments with your thoughts. 



Locations (alphabetical by city)

Kroger
919 E. State St., Athens
84 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Columbus - #2332

Beaver Valley Wine & Spirits     
3325 Seajay Dr., Beavercreek   
84 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Cincy - #2322

Giant Eagle     
4343 E. Royalton Rd., Broadview Heights           
138 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in the Land - #2318
Custom Gift Tags Available

Fishers Foods 
5215 Fulton Dr. NW, Canton     
120 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Ohio - #2320

Kroger
3760 Paxton Ave., Cincinnati   
102 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Cincy - #2323

Warren Village Beverage           
3330-32 Warren Rd., Cleveland
120 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in the Land - #2319

Beverage Barn
1901 Tiffin Ave., Findlay
114 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Ohio - #2320

The Pit Stop     
805 N. Memorial Dr., Lancaster
90 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Columbus - #2332

O'Bryan's Wine & Spirits           
8972 Columbia Rd., Loveland   
120 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Cincy - #2323
Custom Gift Tags Available

Pauken Wine & Liquor 
221 Golden Gate Shopping Center, Maumee     
108 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Ohio - #2321
Custom Gift Tags Available

Ale Wine and Spirits     
7560 Guardwell St., Powell       
120 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Columbus - #2324
Custom Gift Tags Available

Giant Eagle     
3061 Kingsdale Center, Upper Arlington
108 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Columbus - #2324

Giant Eagle     
825 Ambassador Dr., Wadsworth           
120 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in the Land - #2319

The Wine List 
7381 Tylers Corners Dr., West Chester 
144 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Cincy - #2322
Custom Gift Tags Available

Shoregate Beverage & Liquor   
30498 Lake Shore Blvd., Willowick         
96 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in the Land - #2318

One Stop Shop
6000 Mahoning Ave., Youngstown         
84 Bottles, OHLQ Holiday in Ohio - #2321


Source: OHLQ

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