Maker’s Mark Distillery

  • Maker’s Mark distillery established in 1953, by Tailor William “Bill” Samuels.

  • Whisky distillery from Kentucky in USA.

  • Produces Bourbon Whisky.

  • The distillery is open, operated by Samuels family and owned by Suntory Holdings Ltd from 2014 – present.

  • Maker’s Mark origin began when T. W. “Bill” Samuels, purchased the Burks Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky, for $35,000 on October 1, 1953. The historic distillery was built in 1889. Production began in 1954 and in the fall of 1958, Maker’s Mark was finally available for market after five summers of aging. The first bottle was four-fifths of a quart, sold for $6.79 and,of course, was hand-dipped in red wax. The first case of Maker’s Mark was sold to Keeneland Racetrack in Lexington. 250 cases were sold in year one, all within the state of Kentucky. In 1967, Maker’s Mark made nearly $1,000 – its first profit ever. That’s largely due to the fact that Bill Samuels, Sr., wasn’t drawing a salary. In 1980, Maker’s Mark was the first small, family-owned company to be featured on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, and in the same year, the distillery it was designated a National Historic Landmark. The Samuels’ Scotch/Irish heritage shaped their decision to produce bourbon in small, manageable batches of no more than 1,000 gallons each – about 19 barrels. Today, the distillery attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year, and is part of the American Whiskey Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail. In November 2015 Suntory announced a major expansion of its distillery, and already in the same year install a third still and even more fermenters.

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