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Whatchamacallit 51: Maker’s Mark Whisky

Maker's Mark Whisky

Back in 2006 I took a memorable trip to Louisville, Kentucky, and New York City, New York – originally meant to be two trips, they became one. Although multiple things went wrong on that trip, I ended up having a good time.

One of the good times was a detour with a friend to the Maker’s Mark Whisky Distillery, about an hour south of Louisville. It was my first time visiting a distillery, so I knew nothing about the subject. We visited the distillery on February 18, 2006.

What puzzles me is that I never specifically blogged about the trip to the distillery, although I did mention it in passing in another blog post. What still sticks out in my memory, some 14 years later, was the pie chart they had on display at the distillery.

A Pie Chart Gone wrong

After the tour was over, we were led into the gift shop where we had the opportunity to dip our own bottles of Maker’s Mark in wax – the unique selling point of Maker’s Mark is the fact that the bottles are hand-dipped in wax, thus sealing in the product.

Thus, this is the first bottle of whiskey I have ever owned – and it has unique dribbles of wax down the stem of the bottle.

Funny enough, prior to buying this bottle of whisky, I had never actually sampled whisky. At least that I can recall. What I do recall is that the next week I was in New York City on business, where I overlapped with my father. We had dinner in a restaurant – I believe on 14th Street – and after dinner I sampled Maker’s Mark for the first time.

Today I rarely drink – but when I do, I have a selection of unusual whisk(e)ys on my shelf. However, I do not have a bottle of Maker’s Mark on that shelf. Maybe I should get one?

Covid-19 has not really increased my drinking: I seem to be saving the bottles for a (future) special occasion. Some of the bottles are Whatchamacallit-worthy. However, as I am only on day 51 of this series, I have plenty of time to talk about those other bottles – whether open or not.


During the Covid-19 crisis, I am going to try and make a point of writing a blog post about an object in my home.

We’ll see how long this lasts.

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