Maker's Mark Bourbon whisky
£29.50 (£42.15 per litre)
Hand crafted in small batches, hand-dipped in red wax to finish - A truly hand made bourbon, crafted with precision and care. The only whisky distillery to rotate barrels during ageing - Allowing the bourbon to develop a consistent taste. Made with red winter wheat instead of rye, yielding a sweeter taste - Increasing its versatility, ideal for mixing. Growing demand for Maker's Mark had led to careful allocation of stock - Opportunity for bars to stock a highly sought-after, hand-crafted bourbon with limited availability. Appearance. Rich and brilliant amber. Nose. Full, yet delicate; well-rounded; possessing a distinctive caramel aroma of the charred oak with a hint of vanilla; pleasant and inviting. Palate. Rich yet soft on the palate with a subtle sweetness. Light, spicy flavour with a hint of butterscotch and vanilla. Finish. Smooth, short and warm. Created in 1953, the brainchild of Bill Samuels Snr, Maker's Mark used red winter wheat to produce a new, kinder, gentler tasting bourbon. Named Maker's Mark as a guarantee of its quality, each bottle is hand-dipped in the iconic red wax. History and Heritage. Our president, Bill Samuels, Jr., comes from a long line of bourbon makers which started way back in 1780. About 1840, the Samuels family actually started to make a living from distilling and the recipe was passed down six generations and remained unchanged until it got to Bill's father. Bill Samuels, Sr., had his own idea of how a whisky should taste, so he abandoned the family recipe and set out to create his own. If he was going to make a bourbon and put his name on it, he wanted one he could be proud of. And that meant a bourbon that was more pleasing to the palate. So in 1853, he bought an abandoned Victorian distillery (now fully restored and a National Historic Landmark) in picturesque Happy Hollow, Kentucky, and set to work on making his dream a reality. He developed a new recipe based on locally grown grains. The most unique thing he die, however, was replace the traditional bourbon flavouring grain of fry with red winter wheat, which produced a much gentler taste. Once the recipe was settled on, Bill graciously turned to his wife to name the bourbon and design its bottle. In designing the bottle, she developed everything from its shape (square and round were just too easy) to the hand-lettered label and hand-dipped red wax seal. Folks often ask where she got the idea for our distinctive red wax. Well, being a collector of 18th century bottles of cognac, she noticed many of them were sealed in colorful wax. So she simply “borrowed” the idea. Mrs. Samuels also collected fine English pewter. She knew that accomplished silver and pewtersmiths put their personal mark only on their best work, and she thought a bourbon maker should do the same thing. That’s why we’re named Maker’s Mark and every bottle bears our mark: the SIV symbol. What does the SIV symbol stand for? It’s really quite easy. The “
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