Maker’s Mark Private Select Black & White Cookie

Five staves of Baked American Pure and five staves of Roasted French Mendiant oak have produced the harmonious balance of sweet vanilla to dark roasted cocoa that exemplifies the Black and White cookie itself for which this single barrel expression of Maker’s Mark is named. Bottled at 111.2 proof, I still think most people sleep on how good these Maker’s Barrel picks are, and have been. Of course the pricing was a little salty when they launched this project several years ago, but as the rest of the bourbon market has caught up, you might even consider a cask strength, custom expression of Maker’s a darn good deal. Sweet vanilla and tropical fruit on the nose with milk chocolate and toffee as well. On the palate, the perfectly sippable 111 proof starts out with big fruit and oak, but then slowly mellows into soft candy with a touch of baking spice. Grab these cookies before they’re gone.