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.
In addition to the Maker's 46® stave – the one that started this all – there are four other staves to select from.
5 3/4 to 7 years, plus finishing of 9 weeks in cold conditions in barrels with chosen combination of staves
Varies by selection and stave combination
Cask Strength (108–114)
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.
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Meet your Maker's®
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