Melding the richness of 11- and 12-year-old bourbons, Maker’s Mark has revealed to WhiskeyD.com their newest gem: the Maker’s Mark Cellar Aged Bourbon. This bourbon is distinguished not solely by its venerable age, but by its unparalleled maturation technique.
Destined to be an annual, limited edition, this bourbon promises aficionados a chance to savor its metamorphosing flavors with each year.
Even if you're familiar with the international limited editions from Maker’s Mark, the experts at their Loretto, Kentucky headquarters confirm that the Cellar Aged Bourbon is their most matured release yet.
For U.S. whiskey lovers, mark your calendars for its premiere this September 2023, carrying a price of $150.00. International enthusiasts, on the other hand, can expect its arrival in London, Munich, and select Global Travel Retail locations by October 2023. Tokyo and Singapore are set to welcome this release in early 2024.
Diving into the Maker’s Mark Cellar Aged Bourbon
Maker’s Mark has been renowned for maturing its bourbon based on flavor rather than fixed timeframes. The birth of the Cellar Aged Bourbon epitomizes this approach. Initially, the distillery's chosen barrels, containing its hallmark distillate, experience roughly six years in conventional bourbon storerooms, absorbing the varied climate of Kentucky. This phase mirrors the aging process of Maker’s Mark’s foundational releases.
But the enchantment of the Cellar Aged Bourbon truly unfolds in the subsequent phase.
These barrels find a new home in the distillery’s one-of-a-kind whisky cellar, nestled within the limestone-rich terrains of Kentucky. Within this stable and cool setting, the usually rapid tannic influence of maturation decelerates. The result? The bourbon matures, unveiling a multi-faceted, profound flavor without the slightest hint of bitterness, offering a fresh twist distinct from Maker’s Mark’s classic range.
Carrying Forward a Legacy
Since its inception, Maker’s Mark has been synonymous with breaking the mold. Founders Bill and Margie Samuels' decision to incorporate red winter wheat over rye gave rise to a smoother bourbon. Pioneering endeavors, such as the wood-stave finishing method seen in Maker’s Mark 46 and the trailblazing Maker’s Mark Private Selection in 2016, further bolstered their standing.
The Cellar Aged Bourbon, celebrated for its complex aging journey, marks yet another testament to their commitment to leading-edge brilliance in the whisky domain.
Anticipation at WhiskeyD
While we eagerly await the arrival of the Maker’s Mark Cellar Aged Bourbon in our collection, we've curated a range of Maker’s Mark expressions to ensure our patrons continue to relish the legacy of this iconic brand:
Maker's Mark 101
A step up in intensity and proof, this bourbon delivers a full-bodied taste, capturing the perfect balance of rich caramel, vanilla, and oak notes. Ideal for those who prefer a more robust sip that lingers.
The classic that started it all. This handcrafted bourbon is recognized for its soft, rich caramel and vanilla aroma that leads to a smooth, delectable palate. A timeless favorite that defines the signature style of Maker’s Mark.
Maker's Mark 46
A manifestation of innovation, this bourbon is finished with 10 seared French oak staves, enriching it with hints of vanilla, caramel, and toasted spices. It's a richer, bolder version of the original, offering a unique twist while maintaining the brand's renowned smoothness.
Each of these selections showcases the brand's dedication to quality and craftsmanship. So, until the Cellar Aged Bourbon graces our shelves, immerse yourself in these handpicked Maker's Mark masterpieces, celebrating a lineage of whiskey excellence. Cheers!