When Vic and I visited Maker's Mark this past September, we spent quite some time trying to find a way to do something new and exciting with the Maker's Mark stave barrel program. Rather than select a single cask like most distilleries, Maker's allows you to choose a custom recipe of different stave types that will be inserted into a new barrel and filled with cask strength Bourbon for an extended aging period. Which staves you choose determines the flavor profile. What I told Vic was this: Maker's is a classic wheated Bourbon and we should try to make something that really accentuates that profile. The resulting recipe included 4 Baked American Pure, 4 Seared French Cuvée, and 2 Toasted French Spice staves: a combination that tasted like apple pie and sweet oak.
We decided to call it American Dessert as a result, and I think you'll all understand why when you taste it. There is nothing even remotely herbaceous about this whiskey. Every single flavor brimming at its core is rooted in cinnamon, sweet oak, caramel-covered apples and nutmeg sprinkled on top. The classic creamy wheated profile completely fools your tongue, tricking you into thinking this is 90 or maybe 95 proof instead of the 109.2 proof it actually is. Never in a million years would I assume this was 54.6% given how velvety it flows from front to back. Wheated Bourbon fans: this is your baby. You'll love this.
-David Driscoll, Mission Sales Director