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 Select 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 Select has a customized finish and taste profile that is unique, yet undeniably Maker's®. Maker's Mark Private Select® is available in select markets and also at our distillery.
In addition to the Maker's Mark 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 Select®, 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 the different staves create. Learn more about this unique barrel program below.
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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.
Get your Maker's
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.