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Maker's Mark 46 K&L Exclusive "Equal Parts Baked American Pure 2 & Maker's 46 Barrel" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) (Previously $70) SKU #1461329

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Tasting Notes

It's hard to believe that we've done already done ten barrels of Maker's Mark Private Selection. Of course, there are 1001 permutations of the 10 staves of 5 different types and we've only gotten through just a handful, but we're getting pretty good at putting these together. Of course, there's alot of guess work in our selection and even when we repeate a similar recipe the result are not always the same. As with all things, beauty is the eye of the beholder and every drinker perfers the nuances of one whisky over another for whatever reasons, but some recipes just keep drawing us back. If you're not aware of the process for the creation of the Private Select, Maker's dumps a small batch of cask strength bourbon, which is then infused with our selection of 5 different stave types. These are various types of oak toasted and charred in different ways and degrees. After 90 days aging in their customer warehouse, the Private Select is ready for bottling. We've loved every barrel we've bottled, but one thing that our favorites had in common was high porpotions of the Pure 2 and the 46 stave. Pure 2, an american oak stave adds vanilla, carmelized sugar and subtle spice. The 46 is french oak gives dried fruit and more vanilla with hints of exotic spices. Together they take the sweet round profile of Maker's to the next level without obstructing its naturally delicious character. So we've married those two special staves in equal parts. The result is a triumph. Give it a bit of air.

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Staff Reviews

  • Will Blakely
    By: Will Blakely
    K&L Staff Member
    Every day, I encounter folks looking for the big-name, low-volume bottles that cause all of us whiskey fans to salivate and shake in anticipation or anguish. So often those seeking one or two particular bottles that long since sold through our tiny allocation will leave empty-handed without giving a second glance to our freshly stocked shelves. Yet bottles like this Private Select continue to deliver the quality and endless drinkability of the coveted few, only with sufficient availability that you don't feel guilty when you find your bottle empty. This thing is so soft it's almost criminal. Caramel and baked apple tussle with tons of well-integrated vanilla, forming a rich, enticing palate. There's plenty of salted nuts, ripe banana and cinammon spice on the back to keep things interesting even after multiple glasses. Anyone can enjoy it, but wheat lovesr will absolutely devour this with abandon. What strikes me is how it seems so unpretentious and wholesome. Like slipping under a cozy blanket with a fire going, this makes me feel safe, warm and nurtured. Sure, it's no Pappy, but what else is? Do we really need Pappy? I'd rather have a 6-pack of this - just wake me up when it's all gone, because I will have slept through several alarms.


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