Maker's Mark® Private Selection

At Maker's Mark, our wood finishing series was created to explore new, unique expressions of our signature whisky. Beginning as fully matured Maker's Mark® at cask strength, Private Selection is created by adding 10 custom wood finishing staves to each barrel. It's then aged in our limestone cellar to extract a unique, flavorful taste profile. Participants in this special barrel program get their say in the selection of these wooden staves. The finishing staves can be any combination of five flavor profiles chosen especially for this program. With 1,001 possible stave combinations, each expression of Private Selection has a customized finish and taste profile that is unique, yet undeniably Maker's®. Maker's Mark® Private Selection is available in select markets and also at our distillery.

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Ways to enjoy

Nice and neat

Because there are so many possible expressions of Maker's Mark® Private Selection, we think a big part of the fun is trying it neat, on the rocks or with just a splash. This will allow you to experience the nuances that the different staves create. Learn more about this unique barrel program below.

Old Fashioned Cocktail with Orange and Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Old Fashioned Cocktail with Orange and Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Keep it classic

It's especially great in classic bourbon cocktails. Simply swap out the Maker's Mark® for your favorite expression of Private Selection.

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Get your Maker's

Trying to locate your favorite type of Maker's Mark® Bourbon? Whether it's the tried-and-true original Maker's or something from our Wood Finishing Series, find it and other fine expressions below.

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