Maker’s Mark’s latest (and, technically, first) limited-edition whiskey tastes scrumptious, complicated, and is pretty priced. In different phrases, it’s a complete winner that you must purchase. The 2019 Restricted Launch (also called RC6) is an experiment that has managed to protect all the pieces nice about Maker’s Mark whereas including new depth and complexity.
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Maker’s Mark has at all times been a wheated bourbon—a grain recipe utilizing wheat because the “flavoring grain” as an alternative of rye. Think about the distinction between rye bread and wheat and also you’ll have a way of what these grains do to whiskey. The everyday criticism of wheated bourbons, or “wheaters” as they’re typically referred to, is that they’re usually missing in taste compared to bourbons that use rye (assume Jim Beam, or Wild Turkey).
Over the past decade, the model has gone to nice lengths to search out new and creative methods so as to add depth and create new flavors with out making a second mashbill (grain recipe) for a second whiskey.
The outcomes have been spectacular, and Maker’s succeeded in convincing many drinkers. Below what’s now referred to as the Non-public Choose program, Maker’s Mark has created a custom-finishing whiskey program that has led to a variety of wonderful bottles, together with the preliminary Maker’s 46 launch (which you’ve seemingly tried), and final 12 months’s scrumptious however under-produced BU 1-Three. Something marked “Non-public Choose” can also be a product of this program.
The whiskeys are “created” by taking a matured barrel of Maker’s Mark bourbon and including a collection of 10 “ending staves” to the barrel. They’re primarily simply planks of oak, toasted, cured, and charred to specs that ship notes of fruit, or mocha, or vanilla, or different flavors in mixtures designed by Maker’s Mark and its shoppers. For RC6, they used 10 staves of American oak, seasoned for 18 months by publicity to the weather, after which kiln toasted to, effectively, perfection.
“We now have been experimenting with wooden ending staves and methods since we first launched Maker’s Mark 46 in 2010, and it by no means ceases to amaze me how a lot pure taste we are able to extract from simply ten wooden staves interacting with our bourbon over a time period,” Jane Bowie, Maker’s Mark director of Non-public Choose, mentioned in a press launch. “Stave finishes enable us to innovate with an already scrumptious product in a purposeful style, exploring completely different wooden sorts, seasoning intervals, cook dinner occasions, and warmth ranges till we obtain the precise taste imaginative and prescient we take into consideration.”
If Maker’s Mark 46 is the T800 terminator, RC6 is the T-1000: a grand, spectacular subsequent evolution, and the end result of this experimental campaign. And at its coronary heart, it’s nonetheless Maker’s Mark. This new whiskey’s profile remains to be crisp and refreshing, and these flavors match seamlessly into that profile, like lengthy, misplaced jigsaw puzzle items.
The proof, at 108.2, is stellar, permitting for the right steadiness.
And these staves do certainly add fruity depth to Maker’s Mark—a really particular collection of fruits, together with recent banana, ripe gooseberry, and granny smith apple after it’s been superbly made right into a pie, with brown sugar and possibly a contact of wealthy bourbon chess pie on the end.
There’s nothing however reward to be given for this whiskey, and that features its worth level: At simply $60, it’s one of the inexpensive, good bottles launched this season.
Maker’s Mark solely launched 255 barrels of the stuff, so there’s not a lot liquid to go round, however as a nationwide restricted launch, much more persons are going to get their palms on it than with earlier Maker’s Mark specials. Once you do style it, there’s going to be a number of strain to do one thing nearly as good or higher subsequent 12 months. Good luck.