The San Francisco World Spirits Competition, one of the most credited spirit competitions in the world, was held in April 2018 at the Hotel Nikko, with a record breaking 2,469 spirit entries from all over. The competition consists of four days of highly controlled blind tastings by an experienced judging panel. The judges, who do not receive any information on product or price point, evaluate each product on an individual basis — not compared to other entries in the flight. It is during this time that they determine which entries are worth of Gold, Sliver or Bronze medals.
We are thrilled to announced that the 21c Selects Maker’s Mark Bourbon won a Gold Medal in the Single Barrel Bourbon (up to 10 years) category. This bourbon is an impressive 10 year single barrel, cask strength straight bourbon whiskey. When our team went down to Maker’s to select a barrel, Maker’s let them do something outside the box. The folks at Maker’s laid out 5 different finishing staves* with different flavor profiles infused into the wood. They chose a combination of flavors and how many staves of each to form a unique profile. The stats nerds out there would be interested in knowing that there were 1001 possible combinations. The bourbon was then put back in the barrel with the new staves and left to mature for an extra 9 months. What was born is a miracle. “The private select experience at Maker’s is more than just choosing your own barrel of whisky.” says Chea Beckley, Area Beverage Manager for 21c. “It’s a one-of-a-kind bourbon experience that allows you to follow the process Bill Samuels, Jr., used when he created Maker’s 46®.”
For those of you who like to be in the know, here are some in depth tasting notes of this spectacular selection:
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Color: Deep copper / Amber
Nose: Mocha, Earthen cellar, Marzapan, cherry cordial
Taste: Toasted wheat cereal, must, mocha, coffee, maple syrup, cherry, cinnamon
Finish: Long with inviting warmth, toasted wood, cinnamon, mocha
How should I drink it? Drink this with a delicious chocolate dessert or alone for a warming nightcap.
Come join us in the bar at Proof to enjoy this award winning bourbon.
*Finishing Stave: A flavored barrel stave used to replace staves in a barrel after the desired maturation of the bourbon, in order to allow the bourbon to express a little extra flavor from the barrel.