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    general question about maker's mark

    Most of the time when someone is reviewing or mentioning a canadian whisky they mention the absence of the letter E in Whisky when it is associated as a canadian blend, but Maker's Mark spells whiskey without the E on their bottle. I know maker's is not made in canada, but i have never known another whiskey, especially one that can call itself a kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, to spell it wihtout an E since it is born in Kentucky. Any ideas on why they do that? Just pondering the question over some rum, holding out until they annouce the next BOTM. thanks
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    Re: general question about maker's mark

    Quote Originally Posted by elkypro View Post
    but i have never known another whiskey, especially one that can call itself a kentucky straight bourbon whiskey, to spell it wihtout an E since it is born in Kentucky. DiGi
    Unfortunately, I cannot answer your question. I just like to point out that MM is not alone with this practice. Both Old Forester and Early Times spell theirs without an "e".
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    Re: general question about maker's mark

    I've always assumed it was for stylistic purposes (or something).

    While we're on the subject of Makers Mark, whats their logo represent?

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    Re: general question about maker's mark

    The S is for "Samuels", the family behind the brand, the IV for 4th Generation distiller, and the star for Star Hill Farm.

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    Re: general question about maker's mark

    Neither does Geo. Dickel though I don't know why. Good question to be asked on a distillery tour but no guarantee the answer will be correct. Maybe they all just used the same printer whose proof dept decided the spelling.

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    Re: general question about maker's mark

    Quote Originally Posted by HighTower View Post
    The S is for "Samuels", the family behind the brand, the IV for 4th Generation distiller, and the star for Star Hill Farm.

    Scott
    Another big time, misleading, statement...No fault of your's Scott, but when it's told over and over and over again folks tend to think this stuff is true.

    Bill Samuels Jr. is not the current distiller ...

    Bill Samuels Sr. was not the distiller, even from the get go...

    Elmo Beam was the first Master Distiller for Maker's Mark.
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    Re: general question about maker's mark

    That's correct Scott and I don't want to seem like I'm piling on. Bettye Jo is right to be pointing this out because many people visit this board to get the correct information. Samuels Sr was a marketing guy not a distiller. If you want a distiller you have to hire a Beam.

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    Re: general question about maker's mark

    They spell it that way as a tribute to his Scottish roots.
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    Re: general question about maker's mark

    Could well be Dale, lots of Scottish heritage in the distilling history of our Country. I share that descent myself but the stuff my forebears made never wore a printed label.

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    Re: general question about maker's mark

    Two other American brands that use the e-less spelling are Early Times and Old Forester. Both the Samuels and Browns say they use that spelling because of their Scottish heritage.

    Dickel was German, so I don't know what happened there.

    It's always been a word that people in the U.S. spelled both ways, not necessarily with any method to their madness, just because both spellings were used. The TTB rules use the e-less spelling, even though most dictionaries say whiskey is the preferred spelling in the United States. They give whisky as an alternative spelling.

    I think way too much is made of it because, at the end of the day, it's just two different ways of spelling a word, which is not that unusual.

    That is not to say I don't have an axe to grind on this subject.

 

 

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