Kentucky distillery Maker’s Mark has only produced one type of bourbon for the last 52 years. However, that’s about to change with the introduction of Maker’s 46, created by master distiller Kevin Smith.
Whiskey barrels storing Maker’s are emptied so workers can insert oak planks inside each. The barrels are refilled and aged two to three months longer than traditional Maker’s, which ages six to seven years. As Maker’s 46 mingles with the wood, it takes on stronger hints of caramel, spice and vanilla.
Maker’s 46 is 94 proof, which is slightly higher than their traditional brand of whiskey. The price is also higher, with the new product costing about $10 more for a 750ml bottle. The company plans to produce 25,000 9-liter cases of Maker’s 46 this year for U.S. distribution, which is a small run for a company that could produce over 1 million cases this year.