Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Maker's Mark has a bouncing baby bourbon brother!

Never mind that they were born 52 years apart.

I learned today via HuffPo that Husband's and my favorite bourbon -- Maker's Mark from Loretto, Kentucky -- has added to its stable of products by 100%.  They used to have one product, and now they have two.  "Maker's 46" is the new addition.  The difference is the introduction of seared French oak planks for an additional 2-3 months of ageing, during which the bourbon takes on stronger hints of the flavor we've come to expect.  The new bourbon goes to 11, if you will.

Naturally, we will have to check out this new-fangled creation in person one day soon.  In the meanwhile, however, it gives me a welcome opportunity to share some images from our last visit to the distillery in 2007!  [They're not the best quality, but they still communicate the essentials.]

Getting there is half the fun.  Once you get past the anti-abortion billboards in town, you enter winding roads through beautiful hills.  This drive would have been much more enjoyable in something other than the U-Haul truck with its car-hauling trailer attached...but, then, we were on a mission.

It's safe to say we were the only U-Haul in the parking lot...perhaps ever?

I loved the color scheme of the campus.  I wouldn't necessarily want to be in this storehouse on a hot August day, but otherwise it totally works for me.

You'll note the bourbon bottle silhouettes in the signature "red-wax"-red-painted shutters.  Nice.

The pristine source of the distillery's water.

The mash.  It tastes a little sweet at this point.

The distilling process creates this clear liquid called "white dog", which I think might be a euphemism for "moonshine".

And now we wait...about 6-7 years.  You do not want to be in this building during an earthquake.  Then again, you might.

The tasting room, where you also get a chance to try your hand at the still-completely-done-by-humans task of dipping each and every bottle in molten red wax.  It's a fluid dip-twist-extract motion that is a lot harder than it looks.  Of course, we had to try!