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Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky

Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky Maker's Mark Bourbon Whisky
3350 Burks Spring Rd.
Loretto KY 40037
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Maker's Mark is the only bourbon distillery to use pure, iron-free limestone spring water exclusively, not city, well or river water. They are very choosy about selecting the grains that go into their whisky. First, they use yellow corn and red winter wheat from specially selected small farm cooperatives, all of which are located within the limestone geology near the distillery. This wheat gives their whisky its soft, mellow taste. And they only use naturally malted barley (that has no enzyme enhancing gibberellic acid). Unlike some other distillers, they never pressure cook their grain. They are among the few remaining bourbon distillers that propagates its own yeast for fermentation with cultures that can be traced back to the pre-prohibition era. They also use the traditional sour mash method, similar to making sourdough bread, where they always leave over some culture from one batch to start another. Their rare cypress fermentation tanks are historically irreplaceable. Some of the planks are more than 100 years old. Maker's Mark is currently the only operating bourbon distillery to make whisky in batches of less than 19 barrels -- the traditional standard for small-batch whisky. Maker's Mark double distills its whisky -- once in an all copper column still to produce what we call low wine, and again in a copper pot still to produce high wine. This added step removes impurities and produces a more refined sipping whisky.

Buy local, eat local, Loretto, Marion County, Kentucky, locavore, Kentucky made, spirits

Tours Available: Yes
Brick & Mortar: No
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Date added: 5.7.2008  
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