Interview with Bill Samuels, Jr., November 18, 2013

Project: Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project

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Interview Summary

Bill Samuels Jr. is the son of Maker's Mark creator Bill Samuels Sr. and was responsible for marketing the product for many years. In this interview he talks in great detail about marketing Maker's Mark including the conflict between his own vision and his father's vision for advertising, how they reached a solution, and other challenges they faced marketing bourbon. He also talks at length about his family's genealogy and connections to other distillers in the industry as well as their connections to the Civil War and Quantrill's Raid. He talks about Maker's Mark's bourbon-making process and how it differs from other distilleries. He talks about the process of creating Maker's 46.

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2013oh480_bik028

Interviewee Name

Bill Samuels, Jr.

Interviewer Name

Jim Lindsey

Interview Date

2013-11-18

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Samuels, Bill, Jr. Interview by Jim Lindsey. 18 Nov. 2013. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Samuels, B., Jr. (2013, November 18). Interview by J. Lindsey. Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Samuels, Bill, Jr., interview by Jim Lindsey. November 18, 2013, Bourbon in Kentucky: Kentucky Bourbon Tales Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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