After the oak staves are affixed to the inside of the barrel, the mature Makerís Mark goes right back into it Ė for at least several more months. Like Makerís Mark, Makerís 46 is not aged for any specified period of time Ė itís aged to taste. They simply let grains, wood and nature take care of the aging process. When itís ready, the tasting panel knows it. Only after it is considered perfect, is Makerís 46 bottled, corked and dipped.