Maker's 46®

The first bourbon in our wood-finishing series, Maker's 46® was created by Bill Samuels, Jr., to amplify the flavors he loves in Maker's Mark®. The innovative wood-stave-finishing process starts with fully matured Maker's Mark® at cask strength. We then insert 10 seared virgin French oak staves into the barrel and finish it for nine weeks in our limestone cellar. The result is Maker's 46: bolder and more complex, but without the bitterness typical of longer-aged whiskies. Want the full Maker's 46 story?

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Ways to enjoy Maker's 46.

Maker's 46® Manhattan

Made with whisky, sweet vermouth and bitters, the Manhattan is also open to variation. It's often a platform for great bartenders to show off their creativity. Here's our favorite version.

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Keep it classic

While we recommend drinking it without much tinkering, the higher proof of Maker's 46 allows the bourbon flavor to stand up to whatever you mix it with. It's especially great in classic cocktails, which you can explore here.

Closeup of Maker's 46 Bourbon Barrel
Closeup of Maker's 46 Bourbon Barrel

So, why do they call it Maker's 46 anyway?

Ready to read on about Maker's 46? Explore further for a more in-depth look into this and other Maker's Mark expressions.

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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.