Maker's Mark wood-finishing series was created to explore new, unique expressions of the signature whisky. Beginning as fully matured Maker's Mark at cask strength, Private Select is created by adding 10 custom wood finishing staves to each barrel. It's then aged in the limestone cellar to extract a unique, flavorful taste profile. Participants in this special barrel program get their say in the selection of these wooden staves. The finishing staves can be any combination of five flavor profiles chosen especially for this program. With 1,001 possible stave combinations, each expression of Private Select has a customized finish and taste profile that is unique, yet undeniably Maker's. Maker's Mark Private Selection is available in select markets and also at our distillery.
AGING: 5 3/4 to 7 years, plus finishing of 9 weeks in cold conditions in barrels with chosen combination of staves
TASTE: Varies by selection and stave combination
PROOF: Cask Strength (108–114)