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  1. #11
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    The marketing slogan is they make all they can and sell all they make. But the consensus is over the years, to ramp up production, they have increased the distillation proof and perhaps maybe not aged as long.

    They also say they only make one type, but they do make other proofs for exports markets.

    I have tried Makers from the 70's with a bottle made in 2005 and there was difference.

    Since it is a wheater, maybe you should take a wheat stalk or if you want to be hornery, take a bottle of Old Rip Van Winkle 15/10 as your object

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    I'm pretty sure the old VIP bottles used to be 101 proof, altough I could be wrong. I have a VIP bottle I got in 2002 and it's 90 proof. I know the gold wax euro bottles were 101.
    "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day" - Frank Sinatra

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    I would be very interested to see some product variation. An older age, barrel proof bottling would be great. As an added bonus, MM would be able to distribute it everywhere that traditional MM is sold (ie: grocery stores, plain jane liquor stores, etc).

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    I have some friends who drink one brand of what ever liquor they enjoy. They have found something they enjoy and that's all there is to it. I am guessing they would not be the types to come to a forum like this, where the interest is much broader.

    I love food and drink...the different flavors and textures and smells. I would be sad if I had to drink the same thing every night just as I would if I had to eat the same thing every night.

    Obviously a huge amount of alcohol is sold across the world, I wonder if more people are the one-brand drinkers, or if more enjoy a wider variety? I have more friends who drink the same bottle regularly than I do those who like a variety...is that true for you all as well?

    There are those bottles I won't see because they are old and not made any more, but if they are still made, I will strive to try them all one day. I have found some that I really enjoy more than others. I try to keep one of those on hand for special times. But when one of my other bottles gets empty I try and find something new to taste to replace it. Maybe a "new" version of Makers would become one of those "special" bottles for me?

    So I am of the opinion that I would love to see and older, barrel proof version as well and will pass that along. It will be interesting anyway, and heck, $75.00 for an hour and a half...not a bad gig. And I should be willing to be connected with an industry I get so much enjoyment from.

    Last edited by T47; 09-16-2006 at 10:30.
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    Quote Originally Posted by HighTower
    I'm pretty sure the old VIP bottles used to be 101 proof, altough I could be wrong. I have a VIP bottle I got in 2002 and it's 90 proof. I know the gold wax euro bottles were 101.
    I think you´re confusing two different bottlings. The Vip one, as far as I can tell, has always been 90 proof. The gold wax, on the other hand, is 101 proof and is intended for the Japanase market, not Europe. The only ones I´ve seen here have been expensive imports from Japan.
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    Wish, they'd ask me. I'd love to participate.

    And I'd bring a sample from my aging barrel. yummm....

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    Quote Originally Posted by T47
    I have more friends who drink the same bottle regularly than I do those who like a variety...is that true for you all as well?
    So what about this question? My neighbors for the most part drink beer. They go through pretty long runs with one favorite, and then move on to another. My friends that drink Spirits for the most part drink the same thing and have for years. They will venture out when they come over for dinner, but in their own home, it's the same bottle all the time. And I would say that is true of 90% of my buddies who drink something other than beer.
    Even if I could afford to have Bookers and Stagg every night, I think I still like to try other bottles. I really have found something to enjoy in all the bottles of Bourbon I have tried so far. Of course I have many more to go...
    Todd

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    To some extent this is generational, younger people tend to be more exploratory, older people tend to be more brand loyal. But when I say "generational" I don't necessarily mean age-related. There is some evidence in the trends that a growing number of people are becoming life-long enthusiasts. Many of us here (such as me) are in -- oh, let's just say "late middle age" -- and haven't abandoned the exploration of different whiskeys, beers and other things as well.

    This has been a big change for the industry as well, which is only just learning how to market to enthusiasts. Even when they started some of the premium brands, they were still of the headset that you would become "a Knob Creek drinker" or "a Woodford Reserve drinker," and Maker's Mark is very much in that mold. Buffalo Trace and Heaven Hill, on the other hand, have gotten fairly adept at catering to the enthusiast who constantly wants something new to experience. Others, such as Brown-Forman, are starting to get the knack of it too.

    As for Maker's Mark, they are somewhat constrained by their own success. In addition to operating at capacity and selling everything they can make, they fear that extending the brand would tend to cannibalize the current brand. Their logic is pretty sound. Since they are positioning MM as a top-of-the-line whiskey, they can't very well come up with topper of the line whiskeys. Of course, it's like everything else. They absolutely won't do it until they do. They offer different expressions in some non-U.S. markets, for example.

    I can imagine down the road that their parent company may use some of its capacity to produce some enthusiast products and entrust their marketing to the Maker's organization rather than the Beam organization (which has a nasty tendency to price hack the profit out of things). They wouldn't/couldn't position it as a product of the Maker's Mark distillery, but could perhaps position it as "Bill's selections" of good whiskey from "other sources," which would allow them to sell rye-recipe bourbon, straight rye, and maybe straight wheat if Bernheim Original has enough success to warrant imitation.

    The still at MM is designed specifically and uniquely to make wheated bourbon and might make an especially good straight wheat whiskey too.

    Something that is in the cards is another expansion. A few years ago, MM doubled its capacity by essentially building a duplicate distillery behind the showpiece one you see on the tour. In the not too distant future they will have, in effect, a third distillery on the premises. They are in the process now of raising their dam to bank more water from their spring.

    In other words, "never say never."
    Last edited by cowdery; 09-18-2006 at 15:41.

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    I went to my Makers Mark Ambassador "focus group" this evening. It was at a local marketing research facility. I understand that they have been meeting with groups all week.

    My group had 4 people, all men. It was a nice set up. A bottle of Makers to treat yourself to a drink and a platter of meat and cheese. We were told the meeting was being taped and behind the big one-way mirror was a video camera with a couple folks monitoring.

    The discussion lasted for 1 1/2 hours. They focused on a couple things.

    The first was our perception of Makers in the market place. We were asked to chart Makers, JD, Jim Beam, Knob Creek and Woodford Reserve on 2 axis. One axis began with seldom and ended at frequent, the other began at casual and ended with special occasion. We were asked to place each bottle where we thought the public's perception was...not our own feelings of the taste. We talked about whether we offer Makers to friends, family and strangers...how do we present the product to people.
    They had several cards with statements and photos and we were asked to pick a couple that best characterize why we drink Makers. There was more discussion around how we see Makers and how we were first introduced to it.

    The next big subject was the Ambassador program itself. How did we feel about it and the opportunities it might present to us. Why did we sign up as Ambassadors in the first place. One of the topics in that area was the Barrels that we can put our names on. They asked what we thought might come with the notice that "our" barrel was done. They had some interesting "paths" for the Ambassadors.
    Would we:
    1) like to be invited back to the Distillery for a special seminar on the making of Makers
    2) like to be more involved with Marketing the product.
    3) like to have more local Ambassador events such as dinners where someone spoke about Makers.
    4) like training in mixology and the making of drinks with Makers.

    I actually enjoyed myself. I tried to be as honest as possible. I let them know that Makers was not my "favorite" but that I did enjoy it. I think the other 3 guys were Makers or nothing. One guy even said if he went out to dinner and they did not have Makers he would just have a rum and coke.

    At one point when the interviewer was asking about why we like Bourbon, among other things, I brought up that it was the true American Drink. He asked if that mattered and everyone said that actually it did. They enjoyed the fact that "Bourbon" was American. It was something to be proud of. I then added that it miffed me that being the "American Liquor" many of the Distilleries, including Makers, offered special bottling's overseas that we do not have access to here. I was told that Makers has discontinued their "Black Wax" bottle available in Japan?

    In the end, one of the things we all agreed we would like to see would be that Makers would have occasional local "events" where a representative from the distillery would come and maybe give a talk while we enjoyed some food and drink.

    As we left we were handed $75 cash and a gift bag that contained a couple "dipped" Makers glasses, a "dipped" pen, some Makers flavored cherry's and gourmet sauce and a Makers note pad.

    My personal feeling is that it is nice to see Makers does not appear to be taking for granted what ever they perceive their position to be, and their concern with the Ambassador program shows to me they care about the people who identify themselves as customers, not just attracting new customers.

    All in all I had a good time and enjoyed myself and met 3 nice guys, not a bad evening.
    Todd

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    Todd - Thanks for posting this!

 

 

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