When I met B, his drink of choice was Maker's Mark and Coke. Eventually this switched to Maker's and Diet Coke. Then, one night about four years ago, while sharing an amazing meal at Joe Forte's in Vancouver, B.C., the server delivered the bad news that they did not have any Maker's. He suggested B try Woodford Reserve. This was the beginning of his true love affair with bourbon. Though he still loves his Maker's, he started to get comfortable branching out to try some of the different amazing bourbons that Kentucky produces.
Over the years, he's taken the Coke out of his drinks and now typically has it on the rocks with a splash of soda water. He's learning to identify some of the unique smells and flavors and has discovered brands he likes including Blanton's, Buffalo Trace, Elijah Craig, Old Forester and Knob Creek. He isn't partial to the strong bite of Booker's or Pappy van Winkle.
His newest love is for Maker's 46, Maker's Mark's newest creation. It's a little hard to come by yet, but we've managed to get our hands on two bottles. We don't visit Kentucky often, but we know for certain the next trip will include a trip along the Bourbon Trail to see how and where some of his favorites are made.
As B's taste for bourbon has grown, so has his bourbon shelf of collectibles. The prized item in his collection is his Coach Calipari bottle of Maker's Mark.