Maker’s Mark® Timeline

Here’s the short and sweet version of events that mark the key moments in Maker’s history.

1780

Robert Samuels, a third-generation Scottish-Irish immigrant, arrives in Kentucky

1953

Bill Samuels Sr creates the recipe for his new Bourbon

1958

Maker’s Mark® is launched

1981

The brand is acquired by Hiram Walker

2004

A second still is added

2010

Maker’s 46 is released

2011

  • Maker’s Mark®  breaks through the million-case barrier
  • Bill Junior retires and Rob Samuel’s takes over production of Maker’s Mark®

2015

A third still is installed by the brand’s new owner: Beam Suntory

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