Maker's Mark 46™

The first bourbon in our wood-finishing series, Maker's Mark 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 Mark 46: bolder and more complex, but without the bitterness typical of longer-aged whiskies. Want the full Maker's Mark 46 story?

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Ways to enjoy Maker's Mark 46.

Maker's Mark 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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Old Fashioned Cocktail with Orange and Maraschino Cherry Garnish
Old Fashioned Cocktail with Orange and Maraschino Cherry Garnish

Keep it classic

While we recommend drinking it without much tinkering, the higher proof of Maker's Mark 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 Mark 46 anyway?

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

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Whether you're after a smooth, full-flavored bourbon to sip neat or something to use in your favorite cocktail, any of these Maker's Mark expressions are a great place to start. Click the bottles to learn more about each bourbon.

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