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The Ambassador of Bourbon: Maker’s Mark and the Rebirth of America’s Native Spirit
ISBN: 978-1-938905-00-1
The Ambassador of Bourbon: Maker’s Mark and the Rebirth of America’s Native Spirit

Book Details

Photographer: David Toczko
Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 11
Retail Price: $39.95

Book Description

Nestled in therolling hills of central Kentucky, just outside the sleepy little town ofLoretto, lies the Maker’s Mark® distillery. Already declared a NationalHistoric Landmark, it is also considered by many bourbon lovers as the Mecca ofFine Bourbon. Thousands of visitors make the trek to Loretto each year to tourthis historic place, see the distilling process first hand and enjoy the scenicgrounds.

The vision ofthis book, The Ambassador of Bourbon: Maker’s Mark and the Rebirth of America’sNative Spirit, was to visually capture the distillery grounds at every seasonof the year and every time of day. This book conveys, through photographs, thehistory, the heritage and that special something that makes Maker’s Mark, well…Maker’s Mark®!

PhotographerDavid Toczko tells the story of what sets Maker’s apart from other bourbons,and takes the reader on a visual tour of the distillery. The beautifulphotographs will hopefully entice those who have never been to Loretto to comeand experience this special place for themselves. For those who have alreadytaken the walking tour, this book will serve as a source of reflection and fondremembrance of their visit.

With over 10,000photographs shot at the distillery, Mr. Toczko presents his favorite 250+images, including several historic shots from the Samuels’ family archives,that demonstrate why Maker’s Mark® truly is The Ambassador of Bourbon. Enjoy!


David Toczko isa long-time Kentucky resident and a Western Kentucky University graduate. His interest in photography began in 1985 and has grown from a passionate hobby to a career as a freelance, commercial photographer. His work is internationally published and has been acclaimed for its richness and depth of color, texture and clarity. His artistic vision is to create photographs with both visual and emotional impact. Recent efforts are focused in his signature style of lowlight/natural light, which adds a dimension not always found in the studio. His first book, Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill: 50th Anniversary of the Restoration was published in 2010 by Acclaim Press and received an ADDY Award for its design.

A Maker’s Mark®Ambassador since 2009, David received his inspiration for this book during a visit to the distillery. He has returned many times since then, not only to photograph, but also to share this wonderful place with friends and family.

David is a juried member of the Visual Arts with the Kentucky Arts Council, an Official Kentucky Derby Archive Team Photographer, a Louisville Ballet Archive Photographer, and a member of the Professional Photographers of America. His works have appeared in both national and international magazines, catalogs and publications including The Kentucky Derby: 133 Review. His photographs are exhibited in galleries and shows throughout Kentucky, and have been selected to appear at the Kentucky State Capitol Rotunda, the Senate Offices of the Kentucky State Capitol Annex, and the Kentucky First Lady’s Office.


“Maker’s Mark isa benchmark bourbon, and this book invokes the beauty of the whiskey, and the love and care that goes into each and every bottle. The Samuels family has fought for generations to retain the integrity of their whiskey. You can taste their passion in the glass.” – Gaz Regan, Co-author of The Book of Bourbon and Other Fine American Whiskeys

“I love Maker’sMark! And the pictures in the book just make me want to have a Maker’s on the rocks right now.” – Andy Cohen, Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live

“David Toczko has done it again! On the heels of his wonderful photographic tribute to Kentucky’s Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill, he has created a superb collection of images that brings to life yet another of the Bluegrass State’s historic landmarks, the Maker’s Mark Distillery. From the making of whiskey barrels tothe dipping of bottles of Maker’s Mark® in the signature red wax, Toczko’s vibrant photos take the observer through the whiskey-making processes perfectedby eight generations of the Samuels family and provide a meticulous look at the charming buildings and picturesque grounds that welcome all who come to visit.”– John Snell, Photographer; Author of Red River Gorge, The Eloquent Landscape


Ambassador of Bourbon in Times SquareKeith Steele, president of Acclaim Press, right, officially presents Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, left, with a copy of The Ambassador of Bourbon book at the governor office in Frankfort Kentucky.

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