Start Planning Your Pilgrimage: Maker’s Mark 101 Proof is Coming to the Distillery

Maker's Mark 101 Proof Bourbon. Photo Courtesy Maker's Mark.
Maker's Mark 101 Proof Bourbon Whiskey. Photo Courtesy Maker's Mark.

The Maker’s Mark distillery tour in Loretto, Kentucky has long been a destination for bourbon lovers. Sipping that soft, sweet, wheated bourbon whisky and dipping your own bottle into that signature red wax is a can’t-miss Bourbon Country experience. But if you’ve already checked that off your list, the distillery just gave us a reason to come back for more. Beginning next month, Maker’s Mark 101 Proof will be sold on their shelves.

The distillery offers tasting notes of “sweet, dark spice” on the nose, “spicy fruit and caramel with a rich and creamy mouthfeel” on the palate, and a “mellow, lingering midpalate finish.” It’s the same wheated recipe mash bill Maker’s uses for everything they make, bottled at 101 proof.

Last year, Maker’s Mark released a travel retail exclusive 101 Proof bottling in duty-free shops around the world. Today’s announcement, however, marks the first time the expression will be sold in the state where it’s made.

Distillery-only is a bit of a misnomer – while the vast majority of bottles will be sold on shelves in house, a few select retailers in the state of Kentucky will carry the release to remain compliant with local laws.

Maker’s Mark 101 Proof is arriving next month at a suggested price of just $50 for a 1 liter bottle.


Caroline Paulus
Caroline Paulus is the Senior Editor for The Bourbon Review. She lives and writes in Lexington, Kentucky. Follow her on Instagram @misswhiskeyhistorian to keep up with her latest in bourbon news - and a few old finds, too.