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Maker’s Mark 46 Ok&L Unique “Maker’s Squared” 109 Proof Personal Choose Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey (750ml) ($69.99)
“That is simply the very best first pour of ANY Maker’s Personal Choose that I’ve but to strive.”
— David Othenin-Girard, Ok&L Spirits Purchaser
It’s been some time, however one in all our hottest Ok&L Unique Cask line-ups is again in motion. Throughout their current journey to the hallowed halls of the Maker’s Mark distillery in Kentucky, Ok&L patrons Andrew Whiteley and David Othenin-Girard had been capable of re-kindle the Maker’s Mark Personal Choose program to nice success. For these unfamiliar, it’s a collaboration between the long-lasting bourbon distillery and our personal intrepid spirits staff to develop a custom-cask whiskey aged to our precise specs. This newest entry is in contrast to any previous Personal Choose choices in that it introduces an all-new stave to the combo—the Roasted French Mendiant. Whereas this experimental course of can generally yield outcomes that depart from the basic character of Maker’s, that is one retains true to its roots like none different. As David explains, “It has all of the basic Maker’s flavors, simply turned up by a full order of magnitude, therefore the identify Maker’s Squared.” Followers of this quintessential Kentucky whiskey will discover the whole lot they’re searching for on this cask-strength powerhouse, with the added complexity of the distinctive getting old vessel. It’s actually a singular piece of spirits craftsmanship, and it’s solely out there whereas our restricted provides final.
Ok&L Notes: David and Andrew rigorously crafted the 2 newest Maker’s Mark Personal Choose casks overlooking the on-site reservoir behind the distillery. That they had two objectives in thoughts—transporting drinkers to this particular spot in Loretto, KY with one dram and showcasing the model new stave profile within the different. Ultimately, the objectives required two seperate casks. Maker’s Squared is the transportation cask. Working intently with the Maker’s staff, staves had been chosen to actually spotlight the comfortable wheat and candy American oak that’s so vital to the world-renowned profile of Maker’s Mark. Three Baked American Pure staves amp up the vanilla and toasted coconut. Two Seared French Cuvée staves convey out a bit extra spice and tannic chew, which interplays with the upper 109 proof fantastically. Three Roasted French Mendiant staves (the brand new entry within the line-up) spotlight a candy milk chocolate profile that’s usually missed however all the time current within the basic Maker’s. And two Toasted French Spice staves act as a binding agent to convey the opposite three profiles along with Maker’s hallmark stability. The tip result’s maybe the very best barrel we’ve ever put collectively below this unbelievable cask program. Totally Maker’s Mark, but one thing extra highly effective and strong with out yielding stability. It might be referred to as nothing however Maker’s Squared.
David Othenin-Girard | Ok&L Spirits Purchaser | Assessment Date: September 02, 2022
The Maker’s Mark barrel program is a very enjoyable though considerably nerve-wracking endeavor. In a common sense, cask energy Maker’s is so good by itself, my common purpose when constructing a mix is to not screw these flavors up an excessive amount of. Which means I find yourself with a number of baked American staves in my blends because it all the time appeared like essentially the most unobtrusive. However the addition of the brand new Mendiant stave has modified the sport considerably, providing one other taste choice to stability the spicy, roasted character of the opposite French oak staves. It’s nonetheless extraordinarily unsure, after spending an hour taking part in with totally different blends on the distillery, you continue to can’t make certain precisely the way it will end up, and I used to be completely astonished with the outcomes. That is simply the very best first pour of ANY Maker’s non-public choice that I’ve but to strive. That’s not a knock on our different barrels, however usually the overt woody character that these barrels exhibit integrates with air. This one was seamless proper out of the bottle and is prone to preserve getting higher. It has all of the basic Maker’s flavors, simply turned up by a full order of magnitude, therefore the identify Maker’s Squared. The colour is a beautiful auburn tawny. The nostril bursts from the glass with wealthy, dried stone and orchard fruits, dense vanilla extract, refined baking spice, and the beautiful toasted barrel character. Because it opens within the glass, the fruit turns into extra tropical—hints of inexperienced banana, mango, and keenness fruit. Like all Maker’s, it’s barrel-driven however doesn’t have the fresh-cut wooden that so many Personal Choices begin with. As a substitute, it’s all dense, candy, roasted spices. On the palate, it’s wealthy and chewy, including darkish chocolate, recent gooey nougat, and deep raisinated fruit, all balanced with a candy wooden spice that lasts for a number of minutes. This can be a dang good barrel that actually reinvigorates my curiosity on this program—principally as a result of it jogs my memory of Maker’s a lot. An prompt basic. Welcome to the staff, Roasted French Mendiant!
Will Blakely | Ok&L Workers Member | Assessment Date: September 02, 2022
Fairly presumably the very best Personal Choose cask I’ve tasted, this bottling fires on all cylinders. Followers of the FAE collection will discover loads to get pleasure from right here. Slightly than the intensely sugary type of some Maker’s releases, that is sizzling and highly effective. Nougat, dried fruit, caramel, and toffee nut clusters dominate the palate. At 109 proof, ethanol is quickly obvious on the nostril, however the taste is totally built-in and wealthy. Tons of wooden character and spice stay current all through tasting, however by no means really feel overblown. Severe bourbon followers shouldn’t go this bottle up, however of us simply stepping into barrel-proof whiskey will nonetheless have a good time with this one. Get yours earlier than they’re gone.