The nose is quite fruity and rich. There are lovely notes of spiced honey and mixed peels, a little malmsey and a touch of cut fruit with toasty oak providing a backbone. The palate is rich and full. There are notes of rye and spice, barley malt, a little nut oil with butterscotch and vanilla. The finish is quite sweet with butterscotch and dry oak spice.
I'm a scotch drinker who enjoys the occasional sweet bourbon, so I gave maker's mark a go. I really didn't enjoy it. Maybe it's just my palate but I expect more from bourbons. At this price, go for an Evan Williams or a Bulleit. That's just my opinion though.
25th July 2014
Traditionally in the UK I was JD drinker. Went to New York for a long weekend, the hotel didn't have JD so opted for MM and it set me on the road to my love for bourbon.There are some others I prefer, but this was my first love and always go back to if for an easy choice.
24th July 2014
I default to MM after the end of a long day of beer-based, er, socialising with my mates in London. At that stage of a session I find MM is refreshing. It cools me down. It's also an easy drink at the end of any day, with a couple of ice cubes. (Sorry, purists!) I have tried Rowan's Creek and Willett Pot Still, but come back to this one.
6th July 2014
Great wheated bourbon. A main stay in any bourbon drinkers bar in the states. Great for mixing or drinking straight. Awesome nose and viscosity for the price. Severely underpriced for the quality.
4th July 2014
I have a collection of around 15 whiskies/bourbons/scotches at this point. Makers is the worst of the worst for me. I'd heartily recommend Jack or Jim Beam over this stuff. If you're willing to spend a bit more... Booker's bourbon or High West Rendezvous Rye are fantastic choices
3rd July 2014
I visited Kentucky 30 years ago, before I developed a taste for spirits, and Maker's was the clear choice of my peers who were born and raised in Bourbon County. I've since tried many bourbons, frequently side by side. Maker's is easily the best choice for people that appreciate the flavor of bourbon. It's the only brand of bourbon that I'll buy.
21st May 2014
I have been trying to stray away from "JW Double Black Label". I thought, I have drunken so many bottles in a row, I should try to find a replacement of the bourbon kind, US made. After a few swigs, I was able to some what enjoy it. The only fault with me is that strong smell of chemicals hovering at the top of the glass. Luckily, I bought a small bottle and will try to finish it. I'm going back to Double Black Label for another bottle, then I'll stray again.
I say pass if you like Scotch. In a pinch I went to a small liquor store that had M.M., Jim Beam, and Wild Turkey. This is definitely better than those 2, but like I said, I'll keep moving.
12th May 2014
I've tried a few bourbons here and there, but Maker's Mark is not to be trifled with, it's a well-rounded full flavored bourbon with oaky notes, not your average bourbon, nice head...nuff said
4th May 2014
Don't be put off the low overall score. There are some stupid reviews that seem to be reversed. Makers is a good overall bourbon that you can enjoy everyday whether it is neat, or in a cocktail. Being US born, it's really disappointing how expensive Makers is in the UK, but that's the price you pay I suppose. This is a good bourbon, whether you are starting out or experienced.
14th April 2014
Sweet and simple. Love my glass of Makers Mark every night.
27th March 2014
The finest bourbon there is
11th February 2014
This is the bourbon that got me into drinking bourbon, I don't drink it as much any more because I drink more rye's and scotch but still very much enjoy it. If you ever have a chance to go to the distillery I recommend it, it is a beautiful place and they do a fantastic tour. Smooth and easy to drink, lovely sweetness.
12th December 2013
An ok bourbon for folks who want a softer touch. Personally I'm not a big fan of the wheated bourbons and find myself going away from bourbon entirely now that we are seeing some excellent ryes produced again in the US. But when I drink bourbon I want rye in it damnit!! Also, for the price you can do much better.
25th October 2013
I love this bourbon the full sweet en complex tastes that linger on your palate for quite some time.
A lush drink!
In reaction to the first poster: All drinks are overpriced on this site. I paid 18,99 euro for this bottle in my local supermarket (Germany) so that's around 16 pound.
13th October 2013
The least best of the bourbons I have tried after reading the reviews on here.
28th September 2013
Maker's mark with soda water is a very nice drop. Having the privilege of travelling to the distillery recently (from Australia)and bringing back some '46'to enjoy was very special.
9th August 2013
What can I say? If your taste buds are 50% the average count they could not taste the difference between Whisky and alcohol. First is an elaborate chemistry of flavours diluted in fire. Second is fire diluted in cardboard, indeed.
25th May 2013
Not a massive fan of this tastes more like a scotch whisky.
Missing that rye spice from most american bourbons/whiskys.
I'll stick to my usual mid range bourbons bulliet and woodford reserve.
That said it's still very good and I'll have no trouble polishing off the bottle.
15th April 2013
26th March 2013
It seems popular to "hate on" Maker's Mark these days. I find it a great bourbon, consistently good. The price here, at $24 is about $6 less than Woodford Reserve. (which I like as well)Some of us like wheated bourbons. Of course some have every right to feel that Jim Beam white is on par....
13th March 2013
They changed their mind about lowering the proof due to the general outraged which ensued
3rd March 2013
Lowered their ABV did they....
I guess we will see how the bottom line plays out. Anyone know if the company is traded?
19th February 2013
Maker's Mark is surely a different branch in the tree of Bourbons. Coms Oóbviously with mixed opinions, but i'm quite happy with the sweet and rich nature of it.
16th February 2013
A week before, I had tried a small distillery's all wheat whiskey. That flavor--which I found I don't care for--is clearly present in Maker's Mark. I'm not a big fan of bourbon, but when I next try one, I'll stick with the rye variants (or just go with a straight rye). Karl
19th September 2012
Maker'smark is whiskey, and label says whisky, because scotch are most sold whisky-type in the world. Makers of maker's mark wanted to make bourbon that is un-bourbon like and more like scotch. Lesser barrel char and no rye. There's winter wheat no rye. So scotch drinker's may like this more than traditional bourbons. And bourbon drinker's usually don't like maker's maybe?
In USA and Ireland whiskey, Scotch and canada whisky. Simple as that.
Maker's is not my favorite.
8th September 2012
Tastes like cardboard. Has no real flavor worth noting. Bland and annoying.
13th August 2012
i do appreciate a good whiskey and makers mark really does deliver the best of that to my pallet.
13th June 2012
As far as bourbons go this one started the small batch revolution and without it we wouldn't have many of the others (in cluding Woodford Reserve) that being said this distillery does need a few more expressions than this one, (yes I know about 46 and black label but they are far to rare) Not bad for the price but Old Fritz 12 VS is more complex but more dear but worth the difference. Still a good entry level and much smoother than JB White or even Black.
15th September 2010
I am not exactly sure how to respond to the "Beam" white comparison to Maker's. It is not even close. Maker's is one of the finest bourbons,if not the best bouron in the USA. Woodford Reserve is good but not better. On this same site under "Insider Knowledge" more miss information can be viewed,WHISKY or WHISKEY? Quote; "Maker's Mark whiskey is named whiskey by virtue of the fact it's from America". If you looked at the label on the Maker's Mark bottle that is featured above this statement,the word at issue is spelled WHISKY. It just goes to show you how wrong a person can be. Someone should be embarrassed.
29th March 2010
Not bad as Bourbons go, yet still, I found it quite throaty, even on ice, and in truth not a great deal better than Beam white, or for that matter a Sainsbury's own brand I had once was actually close. If I were you, buy a bottle of Woodford Reserve and pocket the difference
26th December 2009