Maker’s Mark

Founder(s): William Samuels Sr.

Inception Date: 1954

ABV: 45%

Age: ~6 Years

Region of Origin: Loretto, Kentucky


Maker’s Mark origin began when Bill Samuels Sr. purchased the Burks’ Distillery in 1953.  Production began the next year, and the first release of the unique, red wax dipped bottle hit the market in 1958.  This brand was one of the earliest to use wheat in its grain bill instead of the much more popular rye.  One of the original marketing slogans:  “it tastes expensive.. and is.”


Oak, caramel, vanilla and a tangy grainy wheat character display on the aroma.  Hints of pale smoke pepper the palate.  Finishes fairly easy, a testament to the craftsmanship of this old brand.


Bourbon is a type of American whiskey, a barrel-aged distilled liquor made primarily from corn and often rounded out with malted barley and rye (though some brands utilize wheat).  The name “bourbon” was not applied until the 1850s, and did not become widespread until the 1870s.  Bourbon must be made within the United States, be composed of at least 51% corn, and aged in new charred oak barrels.