By: Jackson Lee
K&L Staff Member
While the Weller’s and the Pappy’s are getting all the attention these days, one of the good ol’ standby’s is doing great things with their single barrel program. One of my “back in the day,” go-to drinks was a simple play on a Lynchburg Lemonade; Maker’s Mark and “Simply” lemonade. It had to be Maker’s and it had to be “Simply,” different iterations just didn’t cut it. Now that Maker’s is putting out such a wonderful wheater, I can cut down on the sugar and still get those sensory memories of being out on my porch on a warm summer night. Straight out of the glass aromas of freshly baked brown butter cookies, stewed peaches, salted caramel, and honey graham cracker floated up and kicked up the nostalgia a notch. The palate shared a similar story with a silky texture to back it up. On the finish, I got an oak or peach pit bitterness that was rounded out by some orchard fruit, sweet tobacco, and chocolate. Definitely not something I’d mix with lemonade (anymore) but a graduation to a more refined beverage.