Maker’s Mark are a very distinct brand and the bottle design for this and the entry level version are one of my favourites. The red wax is so iconic. They hold a unique place in the market (in the UK market) in that Maker’s Mark is probably the only easily accessible wheated bourbon. I must qualify what I mean by easily accessible – this is where you can pop into one of the major supermarkets and expect to find it in stock and if you are lucky, on offer. You can go online but then you need to factor in delivery charges which can increase your total spend by at least £5 to £10 depending on how much of a rush you are in. For bottles worth £50 or under this can equate to an extra 25% in price. Anyway, I digress. I like the entry level Maker’s Mark and this is the next one up in their range which comes in at higher alcohol volume and is also influenced by toasted oak barrels.
Whisky: Maker’s 46 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey, 47% vol.
Nose: Vanilla, cinnamon, fudge, caramel, leather, oak
Taste: Caramel, toffee, butterscotch, burnt toast, oak
Finish: Vanilla and bitter oak
Summary: The nose on this is very promising but I am left disappointed by how this translates to the tongue. The promising sweet flavours are drowned out by the burnt oak and the bitterness from this takes over. Maybe I am too sensitive to the charring effect but I really struggled to pick a lot of the distinct sweet flavours that were on the nose. There is a generic sweetness to it but that is about it. I would have expected the additional alcohol volume to help carry the sweet wheat influenced flavours through but it just didn’t for me. I enjoyed this a bit more with water and with ice. I don’t think it is bad, just not suited to my taste. I will stick with the entry level Maker’s Mark
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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