dealsmaker's mark 46 bourbon whiskey for $31.09

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I have no idea how the aging process works. How do you drain the barrels and then refill them and not interfere with the aging process?

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in for one! none of my local stores have this yet, and even w/ shipping ($14) it comes out lower than the normal Makers Mark, which is usually $46+ in NY state.

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@wootfast

Here's Makers' page on how it's made: http://www.makersmark.com/makers46/HowItsMade.aspx

Don't quote me, but I think the aging process just has to do with how long the whiskey is in contact with the wood. So, even if it's been taken out of the barrel, as long as it's put back in contact with wood it'll continue to absorb flavors and mellow out... That's more my guess than anything else though.

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$17 dollars for shipping is too steep for me. I'm sure the locals will appreciate it though.

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In for 3. Even w/ 20 shipping, wholesale price & no sales tax = wayyy less than California retail costs.

@wootfast - We were in Loretto while they were making it and its pretty simple actually. They empty finished MM into a barrel not unlike one they'd put it in prior to filtering/bottling - then insert the new toasted french oak staves into the barrel the bourbon had been resting in for the past 7-years & then re-introduce the MM for an additional 9-ish months.

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If you can buy this at any price you should...Any whiskey drinker will appreciate the idea of a limited batch of anything and at a minimum it will be worth a bunch more when the batch sells out!

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If you haven't tried this yet, that classic Maker's Mark oakiness and bite is amped up in the 46. I thought they would go smoother with this one but they didn't and the flavor is quite overwhelming. I couldn't drink it and wouldn't recommend it. I am sticking with Basil Hayden and Bulleit. If you're looking for a good inexpensive Bourbon, try Buffalo Trace.

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@neurotony: I would be happy to take the horrible, disgusting stuff off your hands for no charge.

Same deal for any one else.

Seriously, this is simply awful stuff, you don't want to drink it. If you have already purchased a bottle, don't bother opening it, just send it on to me and I will be happy to dispose of it properly for you. No really, you don't want to be troubled by this stuff, I will take one for the team and get rid of it for you. Really, it's no bother.

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I wonder how this compares to the oakiness of Woodford Reserve?

When whiskey matures in the barrel, there are two processes going on. First, the whiskey is extracting flavors from the charred oak. Second, the whiskey is slowly oxidized by air breathing in and out of the barrel as the temperature fluctuates.

So really, they're just bumping up one component of aging by adding extra oak staves. Folks who make their own whiskey achieve similar results by using toasted oak cubes or chips to provide a much greater surface area of oak to extract flavor from. A cynical person might say Maker's is trying to ship a more-aged-tasting whiskey without all that tedious waiting around and taking up warehouse space for another ten years. I wonder if they're letting the temperature fluctuate more or are injecting oxygen to help speed things up too?

I like a good oak flavor, with lots of vanilla notes. I'll try a bottle when our local state-run store gets around to offering it.

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@gjbloom: Wow! I really haven't drank much whiskey, but you sell it well and now I am thirsty. If I were to go to the store this afternoon, what would you recommend?

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@tricki34: If you're looking for bourbon, I'm personally a big fan of regular Maker's Mark, and we have a great deal on it: 375ml for $9.99. I got to try the 46 the other day and it was bigger and spicier than the regular, if that's your kind of thing. Seth, our spirits manager, is a big fan of Wild Turkey - we have the Rare Breed and Kentucky Spirit on sale right now as well. The Rare Breed is surprisingly smooth.

Here's our American Whiskey selection: http://www.shoppersvineyard.com/store/pc/American-Whiskey-c108.htm

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@psk2005: Hey, are you in California? I didn't think we could get spirits shipped to us here. I would be very happy to be able to jump on this deal.

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@natecmurray: We're actually in New Jersey, but we can ship to Cali no problem.

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Just got my first shipment from Shoppers Vineyard and everything worked great! I just ordered the MM 46 also

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Have had two very satisfactory shipments from Shopper's Vineyard and am currently awaiting arrival of the Rare Breed deal...

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@tricki34 - I'm a fan of Woodford Reserve, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden's. But for me Bourbon is like beer, sex and pizza - it's all good, some is better. Heck, even a bargain bourbon like Old Crow is good stuff.

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Yikes, the shipping kills it. Lucky for me my local just got in the shipment...finally. I have a bottle on hold there, $34.