Maker's 46 was created by Bill Samuels, Jr., to amplify the flavors he loves in Maker's Mark. The innovative wood stave finishing process starts with fully matured Maker's Mark® at cask strength. We then insert seared virgin French oak staves into the barrel and finish it a bit longer in our limestone cellar. The result is Maker's 46: bolder and more complex, but without the bitterness typical of longer aged whiskies. Proof: 94 Aroma: Hints of French oak, caramel and sweetness. Taste: Very intense flavors, wood blending nicely with complex, rich notes of vanilla and caramel. Finish: Smooth and subtle.