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Maker's Mark Bottling Note
Maker’s Mark maintain that they distil their bourbon to the lowest proof of any US whiskey distillery. This proffers a bourbon that retains a rich flavour. Developed by Bill Samuels Sr, he replaced rye with red winter wheat to reduce the burning sensation.
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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.
Wheated bourbon in a different league
A little overpriced perhaps
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
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
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
Makers mark sampled in Norwich England
Most overrated of the Bourbons.
i do appreciate a good whiskey and makers mark really does deliver the best of that to my pallet.
13th June 2012
Tastes like cardboard. Has no real flavor worth noting. Bland and annoying.
13th August 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
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'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.
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
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.
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
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.
The least best of the bourbons I have tried after reading the reviews on here.
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.
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.