The company's foundation was lead in 1795 when James Beam began selling barrels of whiskey. By 1935, it was formally the James B. Beam Distilling Company. Ten years later, the Chicago spirits merchant Harry Blum bought the company, and in 1968 sold it to American Brands, Inc. In 1987, the James B. Beam Distilling Company purchased National Distillers and renamed itself the Jim Beam Brands Company, On January 13, 2014, Suntory announced a deal to buy Beam Inc. The acquisition was completed on April 30, 2014, when it was also announced that Beam would become a subsidiary named "Beam Suntory"
Maker's Mark is aged for around six years, being bottled and marketed when the company's tasters agree that it is ready. Maker's Mark is one of the few distillers to rotate the barrels from the upper to the lower levels of the aging warehouses during the aging process to even out the differences in temperature during the process. The upper floors are exposed to the greatest temperature variations during the year, so rotating the barrels ensures that the bourbon in all the barrels have the same quality and taste.
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