Maker's Mark 46 "K&L Exclusive - #2" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml) SKU #1330146

$69.99

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Tasting Notes

When Maker's Mark invited me to do a custom K&L barrel of Maker's 46 (their enhanced Bourbon that sees additional aging with seasoned oak staves), I was practically itching to go; especially because I knew they were going to let us bottle the whiskey at full proof. If there's one thing we can't get enough of at K&L these days, it's high octane wheated Bourbon, especially since the Van Winkle craze of the past decade has gutted most of the available supply. Because wheated Bourbons substitute wheat for rye as the flavor grain in the mash bill, the result is a creamier and sweeter whiskey that really pops on the palate at cask strength. The really cool part about the Maker's 46 custom barrel program is that they allow you to choose between a number of different staves, three of which are exotic french oak flavors. Barrel #2 used 8 Maker's 46 staves with 2 French oak staves to create a sweet and baking spice-laden Bourbon that accentuates everything we love about high-proof wheaters! It's bursting with cinnamon, clove, sweet vanilla, and it coats the palate with a creamy texture. Barrel #1 is the drier, cocoa-packed, rich and robust creation, but Barrel #2 is classic wheated Kentucky Bourbon turned up to 11 on the volume. You'll have to control your impulses with this bottle; it's almost too delicious.

Staff Reviews

  • Andrew Whiteley
    By: Andrew Whiteley
    11/8/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    The Maker's Mark delivers again. The stunning thing about these casks is that the basic juice is so good, and the extra stave aging adds a different twist every time, that they don't ever seem to lose their appeal. A home run for fans of creamy, sweet wheaters. It's layered with cinnamon, pumpkin spice, vanilla, and a peppery kick that I'm confident comes more from the high proof than the wood, although there is decidedly a presence of oak spice. This is a killer gift in time for the holidays. I'm taking one to Thanksgiving and giving another for Christmas.
  • David Driscoll
    By: David Driscoll
    11/8/2017
    K&L Staff Member
    If you're a fan of wheated whiskies, not because you just happen to think Pappy Van Winkle tastes better, but because you honestly enjoy the sweeter and creamier bourbon profile, then this is a bottle you won't want to miss. This new 55% ABV cuvee we put together is a mouthful of creamy vanilla goodness and baking spices galore with tons of power on the finish. There are only about 200 bottles of it and once it's gone, that's it. By the time you realize how much you like it, you'll be crying about not having enough. I wish we could have made 10 of these barrels, but allocations are tight in Kentucky. Just enjoy it while we have it!

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