This is the standard Makers, aged a bit longer, at 2% higher Abv, with French oak staves added to the end of the aging process for finishing. Maker’s is now taking this concept much farther with their private selections.
Paid: $35 for 750ml
Distilled/Owned by: Maker’s Mark / Beam Suntory
Region: Loretto, Kentucky
Aged For: 6 years +
Mashbill: 70% corn, 16% wheat, 14% malted barley
Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4, finished in casks with added French oak staves
Chill Filtered: Yes
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Color: Chestnut Orange
Nose: Key Lime Pie, citrus, vanilla, and French oak
Taste: The lime carries through to the palate, caramel, vanilla, honey, and graham crackers.
Finish: On the shorter side of medium, caramel and citrus linger in the finish.
Thoughts: I was surprised by the distinct lime note I picked up from the extra aging with the staves. Certainly an improvement on the regular expression and less astringent.
Score: 81 out of 100