Maker's Mark Distillery

Visitor Centre

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More about Maker's Mark Distillery

Status Operational
Established: 1953
Visitor Policy: Visitors welcome throughout the year
Tel: +1 270 865 2099
Maker’s Mark is the only bourbon distillery producing just one Brand of Bourbon. The original 'premium' bourbon, Maker’s Mark has been lovingly built by three generations of the Samuels family. However, the family’s distilling roots stretch back eleven generations. (See History) At the time of its launch, Maker’s Mark was sold at a premium price to other bourbons then on the market. Initially, as an extended age statement did not justify its price position, it was a difficult sale. In fact the bottle had no age statement on it at all. It might not flaunt it, but Maker’s Mark is aged for around a year longer than the four year minimum and it is no overstatement to say that Bill Samuels Senior established the premium bourbon category. Maker's Mark is one of the few American whiskeys to be spelled, ‘whisky’ without an ‘e’. Apparently the official American spelling is ‘whisky’ but the historic American spelling of ‘whiskey’ is tolerated and practically all other American distillers spell theirs with the "e". Marker’s Mark spelling without the ‘e’ celebrates the Samuels family’s Scottish heritage.


3350 Burks Spring Road
United States

Designated a National Historic Landmark in 1980, Maker’s Mark welcome visitors and the distillery forms part of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. The free tours take in the entire bourbon production process, from grain to bottle and includes the label print shop, distillery, rick house, bottling line – complete with bottles being hand-dipped in wax and culminates in the gift shop where this special edition bottle is sold. The grounds are planted with a vast array of native trees and shrubs and also include the restored Victorian distiller’s house, old quart shop and Toll House, which now serve as the distillery’s cafe.

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