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Makerís 46 starts with fully matured Makerís Mark straight from the barrel. After removing the original Makerís Mark from its barrel, the barrel head is pulled and ten wooden staves are affixed to the inside of the existing barrel. These staves are slowly seasoned and cooked in order to caramelize the sugars in the wood. Ultimately, this helps provide Makerís 46 with its distinct caramel and toasted oak flavor that finishes nicely on the front of the tongue.
After the oak staves are affixed to the inside of the barrel, the mature Makerís Mark goes right back into it Ė for at least several more months. Like Makerís Mark, Makerís 46 isnít aged for any specified period of time Ė itís aged to taste.
A bit stronger and bolder than the original Makerís Mark, Makerís 46 has a rich, creamy seared-oak flavor. Caramel and vanilla notes linger on the front of the palate, but it is still soft enough to hold on the tongue, even at 94 proof. Featuring a big mouth-watering oaky finish, Makerís 46 still manages to retain the essence of its predecessor Ė thereís no bitter bite often found in older whiskies.
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