Maker's Mark Wood Series 2020 "SE4 x PR5" Bourbon
The second ever national limited release from the Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series, Stave Profile SE4 x PR5 was chosen to heighten Maker’s Mark’s vanilla (PR5) and caramel (SE4) notes. Starting off as standard Maker's Mark, a wheated bourbon made in batches of less than 1,000 gallons. Ten oak staves are placed in just-emptied barrels, which are then refilled and returned to the warehouse for additional aging. The two stave profiles are a marriage of virgin toasted American oak (PR5) and virgin French oak (SE4) staves aged outside for a full year. The final blend is approximately 13% of the SE4 stave aged for six weeks, 32% of the SE4 stave aged for five weeks, and 55% of the PR5 stave aged for four weeks.
The nose is full of oak, rich vanilla, cinnamon apples, and baking spices. On the palate, there is more spice than a typical wheated bourbon, and burnt caramel is ever-present. The finish is dominated by dry oak and leather. Bottled at 55.4% abv.