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Uploaded on Jun 16, 2014
As we tinkered with finding the perfect flavor profile for Maker's 46®, we brought in the folks who make our barrels to help us out. Although barrel makers are referred to as coopers, around here they're known as "wood chefs."
Working together, we discovered that by carefully searing French oak staves and inserting them into barrels of fully matured Maker's Mark®, we can lock in the tannins of the wood that cause bitterness. When tannins are eliminated, it allows the caramelized wood sugars to intensify.