The first bourbon of the wood-finishing series, Maker's Mark 46® was created by Bill Samuels, Jr., to amplify the flavors he loves in Maker's Mark®. The innovative wood-stave-finishing process starts with fully matured Maker's Mark® at cask strength. We then insert 10 seared virgin French oak staves into the barrel and finish it for nine weeks in our limestone cellar. The result is Maker's Mark 46: bolder and more complex, but without the bitterness typical of longer-aged whiskies.
Light but distinct scents of graham cracker, toasted oak, and marshmallow take shape.
Sweet cinnamon bursts forward with a tenacity that’s in line with its cask strength designation.
A flash of heat is followed by cinnamon, honey, and dry oak, resulting in an interesting mingling of sweet and oaky flavors.