The first bourbon in our wood-finishing series, Maker's Mark 46 Bourbon Whiskey was created by Bill Samuels, Jr., to amplify the flavors he loves in Maker's Mark. The innovative wood-stave-finishing process starts with fully matured Maker's Mark at cask strength. We then insert 10 seared virgin French oak staves into the barrel and finish it for nine weeks in our limestone cellar. The result is Maker's Mark 46 Bourbon Whiskey: bolder and more complex but without the bitterness typical of longer-aged whiskies. It has an aroma with hints of wood staves, caramel, and sweetness. Maker's Mark 46 contains very intense flavors; a big crescendo of wood blending perfectly with deep, complex and rich notes of vanilla and caramel with smooth and subtle finish. Enjoy!