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In the video above, Jay and sat down with [now former] Director of Innovation at Maker’s Mark, Jane Bowie. We discuss her career arc, as well as her role as the Director of Innovation for the red wax-dipped brand.
As we can recall from the press release for this final release in the Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series, the BEP release is aimed to celebrate the never-changing barrel entry proof of the Loretto, Kentucky distillery.
How does the barrel entry proof (meaning, the proof of the newly-distilled whiskey when it enters the new charred oak barrel to age) tie into the Wood Finishing Series? You’ve got me there. I truly don’t understand it, but here is what the brand has to say:
As the fifth and final limited-edition in this chapter of the Wood Finishing Series, the 2023 Limited Release: BEP was crafted to amplify the balanced wood sugars, softer tannins and lasting finish that can be attributed to the signature Maker’s Mark 110 barrel entry proof. Ten Virgin Toasted American Oak finish staves were used to amplify notes of vanilla and sweet spice that naturally occur from this lower barrel entry proof.
Alright, so the press release tells us that ten virgin American oak staves were used in this release. That helps in the sense that we know it is a wood finished product (as we would hope in the Wood Finishing Series). Before tasting this release I found myself really curious how it would stack up to the previous releases in the series.
Other releases such as FAE and BRT were comprised of two different bottles, each to highlight a different flavor profile. I wonder if consumers will feel a bit cheated with the final release being one bottle. I suppose if the whiskey is great, it won’t matter. Speaking of tasting this release, I think it’s time to pour some and dig in.