Maker’s Mark has a unique single barrel program. Instead of picking a single barrel and bottling it as-is or to a specific proof, the Maker’s Mark Private Select program allows retailers / restaurants to create their own bourbon (sort of), taking 5 different wood finishing staves and adding a combination of 10 of them to a barrel of Maker’s Mark Cask Strength for 9 weeks of additional finishing. This extra step to the process infuses more traits from the staves into the bourbon, creating something even more unique to that particular barrel.
This Maker’s Mark Private Select was selected by BK Miller Meats & Liquor in Clinton, MD and uses the following 10 staves:
2 baked American pure 2 – brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and spice
3 seared French cuvee – toasty notes of oak and caramel
3 maker’s 46 – dried fruit, vanilla and spice
2 roasted French mocha – pleasant traces of char, maple and cacao
This particular pick does not include the Toasted French Spice stave, which adds smoke, coumarin (vanilla and light bitterness), and spice. Every Private Select is going to be different, so let’s learn more about this particular mix of staves in this BK Miller Meats Maker’s Mark Private Select Bourbon review.