Maker’s Mark today announced the launch of its first-ever nationally available limited-release bourbon, Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series 2019 Limited Release: Stave Profile RC6.
This cask-strength expression (108.2 proof) is finished with proprietary wood staves, the company says, referred to as Stave Profile RC6. Developed over the course of two years in partnership with barrel producer Independent Stave Company, Stave Profile RC6 is made from American Oak that was first exposed to the outdoors, or seasoned, for 18 months before being toasted in a convection oven.
Only 255 barrels of Maker’s Mark 2019 Limited Release will be produced, with bottles available at select retail locations beginning in late September. The suggested retail price is $59.99 per 750-ml. bottle.
This special-edition bourbon is the first limited release in the Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series, a collection of Maker’s Mark expressions that use an “innovative wood stave-finishing technique,” the company says. The series includes existing offerings Maker’s Mark 46 and Maker’s Mark Private Select, and the distillery plans to introduce new limited-edition bourbons to the series in the coming years.
The 2019 Limited Release was created to introduce a version of Maker’s Mark that amplified the ripe fruit notes already found in the distillery’s proprietary yeast, the company says, balancing sweetness and spice.
“We have been experimenting with wood finishing staves and techniques since we first released Maker’s Mark 46 in 2010, and it never ceases to amaze me how much natural flavor we can extract from just ten wood staves interacting with our bourbon over a period of time,” says Jane Bowie, Maker’s Mark director of private select. “Stave finishes allow us to innovate with an already delicious product in a purposeful fashion, exploring different wood types, seasoning periods, cook times, and heat levels until we achieve the exact flavor vision we have in mind. We’re excited to share the distinct possibilities with whisky fans, starting with the 2019 Limited Release.”