Maker's Mark "B&B Red Velvet" Private Selection Bourbon
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While the flavors of a single barrel of bourbon come from an incalculable combination of inputs – Maker’s consistency is an opportunity to isolate and dig into woods particular influence. By sourcing multiple varieties of oak, and changing how it is treated, cut, seared, roasted, toasted, and charred, a vast library of profiles and possibilities open up. A partnership with the Independent Stave Company is at the heart of their Private Selection barrel program. With 5 different stave profiles, and 10 total staves going into each barrel – over 1,000 unique recipes can be created. Armed with samples of whiskey fully finished with each stave profile, we crafted three dramatically different recipes. Three cask strength barrels were loaded up with 10 staves each, for an additional 9 weeks of aging. They've been christened our Red Velvet, Holiday Bombe, and Spiced Cobbler barrels - and we are very excited to share them with you!
Who doesn’t have a bit of a sweet tooth! We certainly enjoy a rich glass of bourbon dessert after dinner, and something about those lush sippers, they always seem to disappear so quickly. With the new Roasted French Mendiant stave available for the first time, we were excited to feature it. While its flavors were soft and subtle, even with 2 staves the fruit and milk chocolate notes could be picked up. Everyone knows the key to a really good piece of chocolate is that bitterness underneath it all, adding depth, complexity, and balance; in this role the French Spice stave shines as a companion to the Mendiant. Three staves of American Pure add an infusion of American oak wood sugars, creating a perfect combination of vanilla swirled with chocolate. Short bread, bing cherries, cream cheese frosting, cocoa teddy grahams, dried red fruit, light oak, and fresh cream feature before a long dry finish.