After the oak staves are affixed to the inside of the barrel, the mature Maker’s Mark goes right back into it – for at least several more months. Like Maker’s Mark, Maker’s 46 isn’t aged for any specified period of time – it’s aged to taste. We simply let grains, wood and nature take care of the aging process. When it’s ready, our tasting panel knows it. Only after we consider it perfect is Maker’s 46 bottled, corked and dipped.