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.
|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!