The Black Bourbon Society is a membership organization meant to connect “the spirits industry and African American bourbon enthusiasts through our social media platforms, brand-partnered events and exclusive excursions,” according to the group’s mission statement. It’s also behind the Diversity Distilled program, which is focused on addressing issues of representation within the spirits industry. Maker’s Mark, along with Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, is a backer, so it makes sense that BBS should participate in the Kentucky distillery’s Private Selection program. This program, unique to Maker’s, allows you to custom-finish a barrel of cask-strength whiskey by selecting ten wooden staves to add to it. The barrel is then put into the distillery’s limestone cellar for another nine weeks before bottling.
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