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Maker’s Mark Added Wood Project Process

I was recently invited, along with several other whiskey writers, to visit Jane Bowie in her lab at Maker’s Mark and see the process that she and her team go through to in order to bottle their special wood finish... Continue Reading →

Maker’s Mark FAE-02

This past year or so, Jane Bowie and her innovation team embarked on a mission to create a Maker’s Mark finished Bourbon with better mouth-feel. They have never chill-filtered their whiskey, and the result is more Fatty Acids and Esters... Continue Reading →

Maker’s Mark Private Selection For The LEE Initiative

I was invited, along with seven other whiskey writers, to be part of a private selection at Maker’s Mark to support the LEE Initiative. Besides myself, there was Susan Reigler, Sara Havens, Carla Carlton, Maggie Kimberl, Steve Coomes, Seth Thompson,... Continue Reading →

Maker’s Mark’s Community Batch And The Lee Initiative

Maker’s Mark has always been a good corporate citizen in Kentucky. They have been issuing special bottles of Maker’s Mark with the profits going to charities for decades. Maker’s Mark, like all distilleries, also recognizes the importance of on-premise sales... Continue Reading →

Book Review – Maker’s Mark: My Autobiography

I have known Bill Samuels, Jr. for over twenty years. I have always respected him for being what I consider a generous “World Ambassador for Bourbon”. I have never heard him say anything negative about other brands or distilleries. He... Continue Reading →

Maker’s Mark And Stephen Rolfe Powell Art Glass

Maker’s Mark and the Samuels family have always had an interest in art. After all, the name “Maker’s Mark” was inspired by the maker’s mark on fine silver. Several years ago, Bill Samuels purchased a collection of 1940s paintings from... Continue Reading →

Tasting Notes: Maker’s Mark Traveler’s Exclusive

This post sponsored by the Glencairn Whisky Glass Maker’s Mark made a gold wax, 101 proof version of the brand back in the 1970s. They later discontinued the brand in the United States and it was only found in the... Continue Reading →

Kentucky’s Great Distilleries: Maker’s Mark – Setting The Bar For The 21st Century

Maker’s Mark is now owned by Beam Suntory, but it was the wisdom of its founder T. William Samuels Sr. that made it the iconic brand that it is today. In 1953 he purchased the Burks’ Spring Distillery. His family... Continue Reading →

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