Maker’s Mark – Kentucky Straight Bourbon
Maker’s Mark is one of the perennial favorite Bourbons today. It is one of the original small batch Bourbons. Very few distilleries will tell you what they mean by ‘small batch’ but Maker’s Mark will. For them, small batch means 20 barrels or less at a time. It is produced in the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky.
Maker's Mark Distillery
The original “Burk’s Distillery” was constructed in 1885 just outside of Loretto, Kentucky. T. William “Bill” Samuels bought the operation in 1953 for $35,000. Samuels wanted to make quality, so he used the sales of the existing stockpiles of what he considered inferior Whiskey, to finance a revamp.
The first bottle of the new flagship brand “Makers Mark” was bottled in 1958, and dipped into the red sealing was that has become the company’s trademark. The Makers Mark line was one of the first to carve out a space in what we now call the “premium Bourbon” market.