I found these in an article at CocktailTimes and the whole story can be read here.

1) Maker's Mark whiskey is aged for 6 years as well as many other Bourbon brands. If the Bourbon is aged less than 4 years, the age of the product must be stated on the bottle label. "It's not good more than 6 years in barrels," said Samuels. Julian Van Winkle, one of a few independent bottlers disagrees with Samuels' statement about the aging process. Van Winkle's Bourbons are aged at minimum of 10 years in charred oak barrels, some of his whiskys are aged for 23 years.

Hmmmm. . . I might have to side with Julian on this one.

and 2)"Not so many people know about Bourbon, but people keep buying our product because they have an emotional attachment to the brand," says Samuels.

I think tat says a lot about why Maker's Mark is so popular these days. Its just suprising to hear it from the source in a publication !!

Anybody have an opinion??

Tom (conversation starter) C