Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Maker's Mark Tour Recap

I've delayed this post because I didn't have pictures to accompany. Without further ado, I give you photographs and details of my MAKER'S MARK TOUR!

*The tour is free.
*Dipping your own bottle costs anywhere from $6.00 all the way up to $48.00.
*It is a magical experience-soo worth your time!

Entry into the "The Still House."
Outside of the Still House. I believe it has something to do with
 the natural water they use in the distilling process. I won't tell all.
Let's just say it has to do with limestone.
Every building on the premises has these red bottle cut-out shutters..
This barrel was filled in 1954. It is located in the entry area of the Still House.
Mash tub tank.
Inside look at the Mash tank churning away.

12' self-sealing cypress buckets that contain the "sour mash."
Each tub holds 9,300 gallons of sour mash....in which they let you dip your finger into for a taste.
No worries-it hasn't been heated yet.
Copper Kettles/Tanks to help "sanitize" and cook the whiskey/mash.

Labeling line conveyor

Barrel Warehouse. All Maker's Mark barrels are aged for at least six years.

E and me in the Barrel Warehouse.

Our FREE samples of Maker's Mark original and Maker's Mark 46.
My attempt at being artsy.

Sweet Betty, our tour guide.
I have soft spot for tour guides.

E geared up, dipping his bottle like a pro!

Dipping my bottle.
Goggles, apron and gloves are required.
A Maker's Mark employee can dip about 25 bottles a minute.
It took me 15-20 seconds for one!

E and me with our charred oak barrel planks on the "Whiskey Creek" bridge.
Barrel Warehouses hold anywhere from 15,000 -20,000 bottles. They are painted black
to attract heat and assist in the aging process.

Our crew.

Prom 2011! Ha! JOKES! I actually sent the barrel wagon postcard to my sister! 

Genius Maker's Mark logo designed by Bill Samuel's wife.
(You'll have to go on the tour to get the story!)
The sun shines bright on my OLD KENTUCKY HOME!

Until next time, may your day be filled with magnolias, bourbon and a tour of something GRAND!

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