Making Maker's Mark Private Select®.

A continuation of our wood-finishing series, Maker's Mark Private Select® is a first-of-its-kind barrel program. It allows our retail or restaurant partners to purchase a barrel and explore their own taste visions of Maker's Mark® – much in the way our past-and-present Maker's® distillers defined theirs. Find your favorite by trying unique expressions of Maker's Mark Private Select at your favorite establishments.

Not finished finishingPicking up where Maker's 46® left off.

Maker's Mark Private Select® offers a new take on the Maker's 46® process. It begins with cask-strength Maker's Mark® and is aged for nine additional weeks in barrels specially fitted with 10 wood-finishing staves in our limestone cellar. Where Private Select separates itself from Maker's 46 is barrel customization using five different stave types. This results in over 1,001 different possible combinations. As a single-barrel bourbons, all expressions of Maker's Mark Private Select are bottled at cask strength – which ranges from 108-114 proof.

Explore the flavor profilesFive select staves.

How it works

Five staves, 1,001 possibilities

Retail partners purchase a barrel and select 10 finishing staves to create a desired flavor profile. There are five different toasted wood types to choose from and over 1,001 different possible combinations. This results in a uniquely customized finish and bold flavors, yet each barrel is undeniably Maker's. After additional aging, the barrels are dumped, and the Private Select is bottled and labeled. You can purchase yours through participating retailers.

Drawing of a Collection of Wooden Staves
Drawing of a Collection of Wooden Staves

P2

Virgin American oak and French oak are the woods of choice for Private Select finishing staves. P2, or Baked American Pure, is made from American oak and is the first stave sampled in the program. It adds notes of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and spice.

Drawing of Vanilla plant and Wooden Stave
Drawing of Vanilla plant and Wooden Stave

Cu

Next in the tasting order is Cu, also known as Seared French Cuvée. Cu is made from French oak that's ridge-cut and seared with infrared heat. It gives off toasty notes of oak and caramel.

Drawing of Acorns and Wooden Stave
Drawing of Acorns and Wooden Stave

46

The next finishing stave is the one used to finish Maker's 46. It's made from seared French oak and delivers dried fruit, vanilla and spice. A barrel fitted with 10 of these staves would give you a cask-strength version of Maker's 46.

Drawing of French White Oak Stave
Drawing of French White Oak Stave

Mo

The Roasted French Mocha stave, or Mo, is French oak toasted at high heat in a convection oven. Mo adds pleasant traces of char, maple and cacao.

Drawing of Mocha Stave
Drawing of Mocha Stave

Sp

Sp, or the Toasted French Spice stave, is also French oak that's toasted in a convection oven, first at high heat and then low heat. Sp has a flavor profile of smoke, coumarin and spice.

Drawing of Toasted French Spice Wooden Stave
Drawing of Toasted French Spice Wooden Stave

Extended aging

Once a consensus is reached on the desired flavor profile, these special barrels of Maker's Mark Private Select are aged for nine weeks in the cool temperature of our one-of-a-kind limestone cellar.

Drawing of Extended Aging for Private Select
Drawing of Extended Aging for Private Select

Made in the cellarBourbon tasting room.

To help meet increased demand for our wood-finishing series bourbons, which need to finish in cooler temperatures, we've created a unique aging cellar, blasting into the limestone shelf on the grounds of our distillery. This has allowed us the room to finish these expressions at a cool 50 degrees, while serving samples of Maker's Mark in a space that's also pretty cool. The Private Select Tasting Room is located in this cellar and is where the program takes place.

Taste Maker's Mark Private Select Bourbon for yourself.

The best way to get to know any expression of Maker's Mark is with a bottle of your own. Discover where you can find this and learn about other Maker's Mark Bourbons below.

Tasting notes