Making Maker's Mark Private Select

Presented by Jane Bowie, Master of Maturation, Director of Advocacy, Heritage and Private Select Programs at Maker's Mark Distillery

Wednesday May 29, 2019

location: Sassafras Saloon (1233 N. Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038)

Southern California Whiskey Club met at the front bar in Sassafras Saloon for small bites and a welcome cocktail before we went upstairs to learn about the Maker's Mark Private Select program with very special guest Jane Bowie. This was an immersive Premium Custom Bourbon experience to explore how influential wood is in the creation of a whiskey’s flavor profile.

about Jane Bowie:

The distillery's Director of Private Select and Diplomat Program and has been instrumental in getting the Private Select program off the ground. Active in the Bourbon business for over 12 years, she was the first international employee for Maker's Mark as the Global Brand Ambassador. Today she leads all innovation on behalf of the distillery from concept to execution and route to market as well as manage current innovation teams across quality control, sales and marketing. 

The Maker's Mark Private Select program:

Brought to life by Rob Samuels, grandson of Bill Samuels, Sr. and Jane Bowie they've extended the Maker's tradition of pursuing one's personal taste vision. The Maker's Mark Private Select program is a continuation of their wood-finishing series. There are five different toasted wood types to choose from and over 1,001 different possible combinations. This results in a uniquely customized finish and bold flavors, yet each barrel is undeniably Maker's. After additional aging, the barrels are dumped, and the Private Select is bottled and labeled. 


pour list:

1. Maker’s Mark New Make

2. P2: Baked American Pure

3. Cu: Seared French Cuvée

4. 46: Maker's Mark 46

5. Mo: Roasted French Mocha

6. Sp: Toasted French Spice

7. K&L Maker's Private Select

and more experiments!

Big thanks to Johnnie Mundell and Phil Olson for making this special night happen and to Stephanie at Sassafras Saloon for hosting us upstairs. It was  a great night!


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