Review No.31. Maker’s Mark

You will probably recognise the iconic Maker’s Mark bottle and would assume it’s just the same as any other bottle you will find on supermarket shelves and bars, however there is something different about this one.  This is a wheated bourbon meaning that at least 51% of the mash is wheat instead of corn, which is what traditional bourbons mainly comprise of.  Wheat provides a more subtle sweeter flavour than traditional bourbons and rye whiskies.


Whisky: Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 45% vol.

Nose: Vanilla, caramel, toffee, toasted marshmallows, cola, candy, clove, alcohol

Taste: Butterscotch, vanilla, brown sugar, caramel, alcohol

Finish: Burnt caramel, oak

Score: 2.5

Summary: There is an alcohol heat/note to the aroma and aftertaste to this that is not as subtle as it should be I think.  There are other bourbons at 45% vol. that deliver a more refined experience.  It may just be the bottle I had at the time as I have tried this a few times and have not always noticed this. Maybe I am subconsciously comparing this to the W.L. Weller which edges this one. Putting that aside, the flavours are sumptuous and I really like this as a mixer.



Scoring scale: My scores reflect a balance of the overall experience, availability and cost for a whisky,

1 – not to my preference

2 – tastes fine but does not excite me

3 – more to my liking and would revisit occasionally

4 – very much to my liking and would consider as a regular feature on my whisky shelf

5 – permanent feature on my whisky shelf


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