Maker’s Mark Cask Strength is a Kentucky straight Bourbon with no-age-statement. The expression first had a soft release in 2014, followed by a global release in July 2016.
Among the most widely known Bourbon whisky brands in America, Maker’s Mark prefer to use refer to their product as ‘whisky’ and not ‘whiskey’, which is the standard practice in America. Another interesting fact about Maker’s Mark is their use of Red Winter Wheat instead of Rye, which is another common practice in America not followed by the company.
Maker’s Mark bourbons are created to be bold, but smooth. And if you enjoy their flavours, the amped-up spice, caramel, and vanilla notes of the Maker's Mark Cask Strength will suit your palate just as well.
On October 1, 1953, T. William “Bill” Samuels Sr. purchased the Burks Distillery, in Loretto, Kentucky. for $35,000. And thus began the quest to create a bourbon that they would enjoy drinking with family and friends.
Bill Samuels, a sixth-generation distiller, accidentally set fire to the family’s only copy of a trusted 170-year-old recipe. He then began experimenting with different flavourings and baked several loaves of bread with various grain combinations instead of distilling them. This not only helped Samuels save years of ageing time but is also what led him to replace the traditional rye grain used in bourbons to the soft, red winter wheat, giving the Maker’s Mark its traditional sweetness that it has come to be known for
Since the latest discovery helped the flavour of Maker's Mark stand out from the crowd, co-founder Margie Samuels wanted to create a bottle that did the same. The shape of the bottle, look of the label, and the signature red wax seal were all Margie’s contributions. Margie hand-dipped the first bottles in her kitchen using a home fryer to melt the wax. This ensured that no two bottles were exactly alike as each bottle had a unique wax tendril flowing down its neck.
In 1958, five years after Bill bought the old distillery, they released the first batch of Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky. Currently owned by Beam-Suntory, members of the Samuels family still work at the company.
Maker’s Mark Distillery announced the release of a cask strength bourbon in 2014, made from a mix of corn, wheat, and malted barley. Maker’s Mark Bourbons are known for being bottled to taste, which is why there is no age statement on the label. But the bourbon is aged for approximately six years before being bottled at cask strength.
After being screen filtered to remove wood pieces and char, Maker’s Mark Cask Strength goes straight to the bottle at a range of 108 to 114 proof depending on the barrels. Even though the legally permitted maximum is 125 proof, it is bottled at this range to eliminate bit and control wood penetration.
The Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon whisky contains 56.7% ABV (113.3 US Proof), which is much higher than the standard permissible limit for bourbons.
Silver at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2015.
Silver at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2018.
Faint hint of honey, vanilla, and cinnamon with a smoked charcoal aroma.
Notes of caramel, vanilla, and robust spices.
Long finish that is slightly dry without being rough or bitter.