“The primary request that we now have heard from clients over many, a few years, is ‘Why don’t you make an overaged Bourbon?’,” stated Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark managing director. The explanation the model had but to indicate an age assertion was as a result of it believed the Kentucky warmth had an antagonistic impact on the whiskey as soon as it reached a sure age.
Nevertheless, high quality supervisor Diane Rogers discovered the answer to the long-standing drawback by pulling six-year-old barrels from the normal warehouse, and permit them to additional age within the model’s ‘one-of-a-kind’ limestone whiskey cellar, which was inbuilt December 2016. To notice, conventional Maker’s Mark is aged for six to seven years.
“The hypotheses being, to decelerate the heavy extraction of all these tannins which make it a little bit sizzling, which make it a little bit abrasive, a little bit one observe, however proceed the oxidation,” Samuels stated.
Bottled at 57.85% ABV, the 2023 version of Maker’s Mark Cellar Aged consists of 87% 12-year-old whiskey and 13% 11-year-old whiskey. Cellar Aged will probably be launched yearly and all the time bottled at cask energy. Nevertheless, the recipe and proof will probably be topic to alter with every batch.
On the nostril, the whiskey provides darkish stone fruit, caramelized sugar, and toasted oak. The palate balances large oak, darkish vanilla, and fruit, whereas the end options is lengthy and sophisticated with velvety texture and notes of caramel and baking spices.
Cellar Aged will probably be out there for $150 within the US in September; in London, Munich and choose international journey retail accounts in October 2023; and in Tokyo and Singapore in early 2024. For extra info, head over to the model’s official web site.