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?
Though aging in cooler temperatures is pivotal for Maker's Mark 46, developing the Maker's Mark 46 finishing process was all about finding the right wood and determining how to treat it.
Hints of wood staves, caramel and sweetness
Very intense flavors; a big crescendo of wood blending perfectly with deep, complex and rich notes of vanilla and caramel
Smooth and subtle
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.
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.
Meet your Maker's®
Every drop of Maker’s Mark in history has come from the very same place – our National Historic Landmark distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. Come see us sometime. We’d love to show you around.