Last Thursday, I was invited by a local (now defunct) whiskey bar and a local Facebook bourbon group, Louisville Bourbon Hounds, to Loretto, KY to choose a barrel of Maker’s Mark Private Select.

Maker’s Mark is a very unique private barrel program. First, you don’t really pick a barrel. You pick staves. There area total of 5 types of staves, and private select customers can choose any combination of 10 from those 5 staves. Each is a different type of wood with a different type of char, and each imparts a different characteristic on the final product. Ultimately, the barrel is filled with Maker’s Mark Cask Strength, and aged around 6 months.

The group chose a combination that was made up of 1 stave of Baked American Pure 2, 4 staves of Seared French Cuvée, 1 Maker’s 46 stave, 1 Roasted French Mocha stave, and 3 Toasted French Spice staves. It will be available in about 6 months.

Naturally, I can’t visit a distillery without a camera, and with the grounds displaying a number of well-known glass artist Dale Chihuly, I couldn’t resist taking a boatload of photos. Enjoy!

 

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Bill is the Co-Founder, Editor-in Chief, and official Bourbon-o-Phile for ModernThirst.com. He is a native of Louisville, KY in the heart of Bourbon Country. He attended the University of Kentucky in the mid to late 1990s. Since college, he has dabbled in beer, bourbon, wine tasting, beer making, and currently works in finance. He has also been published on Liquor.com. He has conducted various bourbon and whiskey tastings in cities across the country. He is married with two daughters, and lives in east Louisville. You can follow him on Facebook and Twitter @BillStraub and email him at Bill@ModernThirst.com.

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