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    Makers Mark VIP

    I was wondering how easy it is to come across bottles of Maker's Mark VIP, the ones with the personalized labels. Are these commonly sold in retail outlets? I wanted to get one to commemorate a good friends wedding.
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    Re: Makers Mark VIP

    Very easy...at least in Kentucky damn near every place that sells Makers stocks the VIP too.
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    Re: Makers Mark VIP

    ....but.... it's the same bourbon inside, isn't it??

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    Re: Makers Mark VIP

    Yes, I asked a rep at a whisky show a few years ago and he confirmed they only make one bourbon. So, the VIP is just packaging.

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    Re: Makers Mark VIP

    Thanks Vange, I thought that was the case.

    Don't get me wrong. I like MM but all these marketing attempts to make one product seem like something new or superior are kinda insulting, ya know??

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    Re: Makers Mark VIP

    Here's how it went down. I was a bit tipsy and I started talking to the gentleman at the MM booth. I looked around and only saw the red wax dipped bottles. I asked if they were sampling their premium product the gold bottled MM VIP? He then said, "it's the same bourbon". I then replied, "so, it's like $15 more per bottle for packaging? That's it?? What's the point of that?" He shrugged. I smiled and then grabbed a wax dipped shot glass and moved on to the next table.

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    Re: Makers Mark VIP

    Quote Originally Posted by Vange View Post
    Here's how it went down. I was a bit tipsy and I started talking to the gentleman at the MM booth. I looked around and only saw the red wax dipped bottles. I asked if they were sampling their premium product the gold bottled MM VIP? He then said, "it's the same bourbon". I then replied, "so, it's like $15 more per bottle for packaging? That's it?? What's the point of that?" He shrugged. I smiled and then grabbed a wax dipped shot glass and moved on to the next table.
    Vange, I think the point of the product is to present it as a gift to commemorate some special event. You get it printed with some sort of name, date, special occasion etc. What's inside is probably irrelevant.

    I would guess that the packaging probably is somewhat more expensive than the regular MM standard issue, if for no other reason than economies of scale in purchasing them. But, even with that, what you're paying for is the "opportunity" to commemorate something special with a unique gift.

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    Re: Makers Mark VIP

    Yes, VIP is the same whiskey with special packaging. Is the upcharge worth it? If you don't think so, don't buy it. I don't think there is anything misleading about the way they market it.

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    Re: Makers Mark VIP

    People tell me whiskey tastes better out of a bottle with your name on it.

    I prefer mine out of a glass.
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    Re: Makers Mark VIP

    Here in WA. the "gift" bottle is $4 more per bottle. I recieved one a couple Christmas's ago and thought it was nice.
    I have not done it in a while, but I have given several WT bottles away and both 101 and RB used to have gift labels you could order on line. I think the folks who go them enjoyed them.
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