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Third still online at Maker’s Mark Distillery

Maker’s Mark distillate pours into one of the new tailboxes from the third still, with the second still in the background at the distillery in Loretto.
Maker’s Mark distillate pours into one of the new tailboxes from the third still, with the second still in the background at the distillery in Loretto.

The third copper still at Maker’s Mark distillery is up and running, the company has announced.

The new still will increase capacity by 50 percent, which should help alleviate shortages in about six years, which is how long the premium bourbon ages before it gets the signature red wax.

A few years ago, the Loretto distillery announced it planned to reduce its proof slightly to meet an increase in demand. Within days, the move was rescinded due to backlash from bourbon drinkers.

In 2011, Maker’s Mark passed the 1 million case a year mark; hopes to reach 2 million cases a year soon, according to the company.

Founded by the Samuels family, Maker’s Mark is owned by Suntory, as is Jim Beam.

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