One damp and cold morning last fall, we got to visit Rob Samuels at the Maker’s Mark Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky. Obviously things warmed up quickly thanks to the delicious tastes of classic Maker’s, Maker’s 46, and Maker’s White. Check out some pics of the distillery as well as some facts about the brand you may not know.
Photograph by David Toczko
1. T.W. Samuels bought the land for Maker’s Mark Distillery in 1954 but did not sell the first bottle of the whisky until 1958 (Duh, it had to age first, y’all!).
2. However, the Samuels family was distilling whisky long before Maker’s. T.W. Samuels’ great-grandfather, also named T.W. Samuels, began making and selling whisky in 1844. Maker’s Mark came about when T.W. Samuels IV decided to change the recipe and make a more drinkable, less average and more original whisky. Like a bawss.
3. The magical change had everything to do with the mash. T.W. decided to stop using regular rye and start using soft winter wheat. And this is why Maker’s goes down much easier (and faster!) than other whiskies.
4. After T.W. Samuels, Bill Samuels Jr. took over the distillery, and now his son Rob Samuels serves as president of the brand.
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