On todays episode we have a glass of Makers Mark Private Select from Handy Spot in Ashley, IN! This is our second barrel pick from handy spot and we are once again impressed! Though this bottle can’t be reproduced due to the stave selection process being different, we’ll help you find the right stave selection for you!
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Started in 1953 by Bill Samuals
Took his families 170 year old recipe and set it on fire
By accident of course
The original recipe was made with rye
Not gonna lie kind of upset now that he set it on fire
Bill decided to have a little experiment since instead of time to come up with mashbill
He made loaves of bread
Markers is famous for their distinct bottle shape and that red wax dipping, which was all thanks to Bill’s wife.
He had everything to do with the flavor and nothing to do with the look
Barrel picks vs Maker’s Private Selects
Barrel picks tend to be single barrels that people pick out
Private selects is something Makers created to be original
Thought creating your own flavor was better than picking a barrel that you could never recreate.
How it works
They start with a barrel of Makers cask strength
Aged about 6 years
People then get to select 10 finishing staves to put in the barrel that sits for an additional 9 weeks
The go through a makers 101 first to get an idea of what the staves add flavor wise
P2 or Backed American Pure
Virgin American oak and French oak are the woods of choice for Private Selection finishing staves. P2, or Baked American Pure, is made from American oak and is the first stave sampled in the program. It adds notes of brown sugar, vanilla, caramel and spice.
Seared French Cuvee
Next in the tasting order is Cu, also known as Seared French Cuvée. Cu is made from French oak that's ridge-cut and seared with infrared heat. It gives off toasty notes of oak and caramel.
The next finishing stave is the one used to finish Maker's Mark 46. It's made from seared French oak and delivers dried fruit, vanilla and spice. A barrel fitted with 10 of these staves would give you a cask-strength version of Maker's Mark 46.
Bottled at cask Strength
Ranges from 107-114
That is incredibly low for cask strength
2nd barrel pick highly recommended handy spot store pick Ashley
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