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Maker’s Mark Events – 2017 Kentucky Bourbon Affair

Predicting Your Palate: Understanding Maker’s Mark Private Select

Thursday & Friday morning, June 8th & 9th, 9:30am-1pm
Thursday & Friday afternoon, June 8th & 9th, 12-3:30pm
Maker’s Mark, 3350 Burks Spring Rd, Loretto, KY 40037
Price: $175

When faced with retirement, Bill Samuels, Jr. set out on a journey to create his perfect version of Maker’s Mark. He thought long and hard about what he loved most about Maker’s and with the help of our cooperage, landed on the oak finishing technique that gave us all Maker’s 46. While we all love the taste of Maker’s 46, the process itself was something we really wanted to dive deeper into and explore what characteristics oak brings to our bourbon.

In exploring further with our cooperage, we created five proprietary staves that our customers, your favorite bars, restaurants, and liquor stores, can choose from to create their perfect version of Maker’s Mark. On this day at the Distillery, you will get to go through that experience! You will dive deep into the wood and learn about each of the five stave options and what flavors that each can bring to Maker’s Mark. Then you will get to create a blend of those stave-finished bourbons to enhance what you love most about Maker’s.

Your visit will include lunch from Chef-In-Residence Newman Miller at Star Hill Provisions. And no trip to Loretto would be complete without dipping a bottle in our signature red wax. You will choose one bottle to dip from our limited selection of special offerings of Private Select that most closely matches your palate.


Failure Never Tasted So Good!

Thursday, June 8th, 5:30pm-9pm
Bill Samuels’ House, Louisville, KY
Price: $195
Transportation is provided from the Marriott Louisville East and is required.

Gather round at the home of Bill Samuels, Jr., where you’ll get a tour of the home and listen to him talk about the process of creating Maker’s 46. You will get a chance to taste some of the reserve samples from several failed attempts that ultimately led to Maker’s 46. These samples have never before been tried by anyone outside of the Maker’s Mark Taste Panel. We don’t promise that these samples will be “yummy,” but we will deliver the delicious with some Maker’s 46 cocktails and a dinner inspired by 46 from Chef Newman Miller of Star Hill Provisions. Bill certainly wouldn’t want you leaving with a bad taste in your mouth, so you’ll be going home with a signed bottle of Bill Samuels Jr. Private Select, Maker’s 46 at cask strength.


Paired to Perfection

Wednesday, June 7th, 5-8pm
Home of Rob Samuels, Louisville, KY
Price: $195
Transportation is provided from the Marriott Louisville East and is required.

It’s customary that the drink should complement the dish, but tonight the bourbon sets the menu. Join us for an intimate 3-course dinner at the home of Rob Samuels, Maker’s Mark COO and grandson of the founders.   Owner/Mixologist Isaac Fox of La Chasse will guide you through the creation of 3 spectacular cocktails that you will handcraft. While you’re busy mixing your libation, Chef Alex will be preparing each course to complement your creation. The deliciousness doesn’t have to stop here. Each guest will depart with a unique Maker’s Mark Private Select.

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