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Expansion Continues at Maker’s Mark

November 24th, 2015


Demand for Maker’s Mark continues to grow strongly, and the distillery has been trying to catch up with it. A second set of stills, a larger dam on their lake to secure their water supply, new warehouses: it’s been busy outside of Loretto for the past ten years.

It’s not slowing down. Last week, spirit started flowing from a third set of stills at Maker’s. Like the previous expansion, this set is, as much as possible, identical to the originals, a mirror image. The three stills sit side-by-side-by-side to minimize any differences from siting.

Still, still, still; no mirrors used.

Three sets of coppers and pipes; no mirrors used.

You have to wonder how much room there is for this kind of thing to go on, because Maker’s Mark, like bourbon in general, shows no sign at all of slacking off. We promise: if you keep making it, we’ll keep drinking it.

5 Responses to “Expansion Continues at Maker’s Mark”

  1. Paul says:

    I just wonder what will happen 5-10 years from now if/when bourbon isn’t in such demand. There’s a lot of future supply sitting in barrels waiting for its day to come. It’ll be a good day for me – lower prices on some really great whiskies!

    • John Hansell says:

      Time will tell, Paul.

    • Lew Bryson says:

      Maker’s Mark, unlike most of the bourbon category, has been on a steady climb for 20 years or more; they seem to have a handle on growth. Another, more general factor: bourbon has finally achieved the resources — through general growth and acquisition/merger — to move into the world market in a big way, and exports are on a tear. Not sure you’re going to see a bourbon slump anytime soon…but then again, you never know.

  2. Scotty Freebairn says:

    Hooray for Maker’s Mark! I’ve enjoyed it for almost 50 years and I have great respect for the Samuels. It just tastes better than most – in my opinion. Glad to see the expansion and believe the integrity of the product will be preserved.

  3. Hugh says:

    My wife & I visited Maker’s Mark in October 2014 (my 2nd visit; 1st was in July 1999). I remember seeing their warehouse expansion project as we came into the town of Loretto, I believe from the north on Highway 49, as I recall we’d been in Bardstown earlier in the day. Whereas the main distillery is a couple of miles east-southeast of town. So maybe 3 miles “as a bird flies” between the two sites? I wonder if there will be any differences between whisky (Maker’s Mark spelling) matured in casks in the Loretto warehouses versus the main distillery warehouses? Do they have micro-climates in Kentucky like we do in the San Francisco Bay Area of Northern California?

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