When Bill Samuels, Jr., first created Maker's 46®, the process required fully matured Maker's Mark® to be wood-finished for at least nine weeks in a cold environment – which in Kentucky, would be our short winter season. But, because Maker's 46 has become so popular, we wanted a way to produce this delicious sipping bourbon year-round. With an abundance of limestone around the distillery, the solution became what is now known as The Cellar. Carved directly out of a natural limestone shelf in a hillside within the distillery grounds, The Cellar provides a cool environment for us to finish Maker's 46 all year long. And from what we can tell it's also the first of its kind in this industry. Because this is such a special addition to the distillery and a special moment in Maker's Mark history, we'd love for you to see The Cellar for yourself. Beginning in January 2017, visitors will be able to tour The Cellar and see the finishing process of Maker's 46 up close – from stave insertion and filling to dumping in our cooperage facility.