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Maker's 46

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Maker's 46

Maker's Mark doesn't play by the rules: while other businesses expand their product lines to foster growth, Maker's Mark produced only one bourbon for more than five decades, figuring there was no room for improvement. While nearly all bourbons proclaim they are a "whiskey" — spelled with an "e" — Maker's Mark's squarish bottle sealed with trademarked red wax utilizes the Scottish spelling, "whisky." Although Maker's Mark's makers (say that five times fast!) finally broke down and released a second Bourbon, they're still sticking with the bedeviling spelling.

With the introduction of Maker's 46, the esteemed Kentucky distillery is (quite literally) spicing things up. Borrowing a winemaking process that involves adding staves of seared French oak to the barrels during the aging process, Maker's 46 features a ramped-up flavor intensity and an increased alcohol content (94 proof) when compared with the classic variety (90 proof). On the palate, the bourbon's spicy blend of vanilla and caramel flavors shine through.

Price: $35

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