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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.
Nose: Fruity and rich. There are lovely notes of spiced honey and mixed peels, a little malmsey, hazelnut and a touch of cut fruit with toasty oak providing a backbone.
Palate: Rich and full. There are notes of rye and spice, barley malt, a little nut oil with butterscotch and vanilla.
Finish: Quite sweet with butterscotch and dry oak spice.
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An overrated, disappointing, and insipid whisky. To be fair, I'm more of a Scotch amateur but still can appreciate a good Bourbon from time to time. But good Bourbon, this is not. I find it bland and insipid.
20th January 2017
First let me preface this by saying that I'm a Single Malt Scotch Whisky drinker and I currently have over 50 bottles of SMSW plus a few other bottles of various spirits in my collection. To be fair I'm not much versed in Bourbon but Maker's Mark is my least favourite of all my spirits.It does have some nice, rich flavours but I'm not going to bother with details about them as they are ruined by the inherent harshness of the spirit. Adding water doesn't help much at all. I'm not sure but I think it likely that either they've rushed the distillation or they've tried to take a bigger cut of the heart and got a few feints or other harsh distilling byproducts with it. Or both. Drinking this reminded me of feeling sick after drinking spirits to quickly as a teenager. I think Maker's Mark have a lot of potential but for now I might just give the rest my bottle to someone who mixes their drinks.Not a sipping whiskey in my opinion.
30th December 2016
Came back around to this after making my way round my whisky cabinet. I must say, its much better than I remember it being!Makers Mark, I won't forsake you in the future.
13th July 2016
I Like it from its bottle to its smooth & a bit sweet taste...with good amount of kick for a bourbon. Worthy choice for its range.
7th May 2016
Probably the cheapest and most widely available "wheater" worth drinking, MM has a nice oaky/ vanilla taste with the notable absence of the spicy rye qualities found in most other bourbons. Sure, there are better wheaters e.g. Weller or Larceny, but this is probably good enough to see if you like the style.Comparing this to bourbons with heavier rye (e.g. Bulleit) is a little unfair, because that's really a different animal. It's meant to be different and it's good that it's different. Without variety, life would be boring. (Also, don't get me started on the people who judge this like a Scotch and hate on it as a result. It takes a special type of close mindedness to do that.)
24th April 2016
Guess I like smooth water :)
21st March 2016
The fact these guys even had a chance of overturning their "handmade" court case claims is a pretty hideous indictment of the US legal system. I won't buy it on principle - utterly ridiculous
14th March 2016
Makers is quality. You know what you are getting everytime. Its not the best of the best but i can find way worse. I use makers in my old fashioned and it is absolutely delicious. If im sipping ill go with balcones or jw green but this is definitely one to have in your collection
15th February 2016
I'm a malt whisky lover by nature, but every once in a while I'll give a grain whisky a try. Color: Beautiful Amber colorBody: Very lightNose: Orange peels with a hint of nail polishPalate: Tastes a lot like how feed corn smells, with a little chocolate thrown inFinish: Feed corn, with a bubblegum-like sweetness. Stays on your tongue for a bit.I would recommend giving it a go for Scotch lovers who like to taste something different every once in awhile.
It's been a long time since I reviewed a whiskey, and I won't add to the flavor notes -- they exist in abundance. I'll just stick to why a bottle of Maker's is now a part of my collection — a collection that used to span many single malts and a few bourbons and Ryes.Simply stated I like Maker's on hand because it has some kick, some fire and among U.S. bourbons in the price range, it has some of the characteristics of a single malt as well as characteristics of Bourbons. It does not seem as sweet or mild as some of the more common bourbons, and while, if I had to pick one or the other, I would opt for Buffalo Trace as a more rounded Bourbon taste at a good value, Maker's seems stiffer and more fiery. So, there's room for both. As a younger man, I was not so fond of Maker's but, let's put it this way: there are some common bourbons, which while fine for a recreational sweet tipple, I would not hesitate to use liberally in a barbecue marinade. Maker's, on the other hand, I would reserve for actual drinking.
2nd January 2016
I'm not sure what these "guys" are talking about. I drink my 30$+ Bourbon on ice, or naked...and. Makers is better than any Canadian I've ever bedded...and beloved me sirs, I've had em all...whiskey wise..so drink up, ice cubes and brown..drink it down.the chicks like it too, stop mixing it, sip...
29th December 2015
Similar to Grey Goose and Patron in the sense that it's an overpriced, very well marketed and thoroughly insipid drink. There are very good bourbons near enough to or at this price point (Woodford, Bulleit, Knob Creek, even Buffalo Trace) that actually taste like bourbon.
25th December 2015
I tend to mix my bourbon, and it mixes well great flavours through a Manhattan or an old fashioned. But not to bad neat...if you don't have anything Scottish to hand! X
23rd December 2015
Title says it all...Must have for all mint julep or old fashioned fans, it is not bad when drinking neat as well (from Glencairn glass, of course...)rj
25th September 2015
This is a personal favorite among the bourbons I enjoy. Smooth and slightly sweet, but with enough kick to let you know it's bourbon and not brandy.
24th September 2015
This is one of my favorites, smooth and complex. I like to drink whiskey on the rocks, and this one holds up well. I really don't like tearing through the fake wax on the bottle to get to the booze. How about a plain cork, folks?
31st August 2015
Every now and then I try a american whisky. Never been pleaseantly surprised. Maybe there is a american whisky out there that can compare at least to the standard scotches. But if im gonna go international I still have indian, japanese and even taiwanese to pick from. I would actually put ice in a american whisky, but just to quench the poor quality...
16th August 2015
I am a Scotch drinker. I bought a bottle of this to put in my beans on the grill. Well while grilling I poured it on ice and imbibed. Well this is nice. I like it. Marker's Mark you have a place in my cabinet.
13th June 2015
The best of them all. Quality, bombastic, yet soft.
3rd June 2015
Since I have tried it,I have been hooked on it,in my opinion,the best there is,that's it.
27th May 2015
Almost all bourbons are distilled at a much higher proof than they end up being bottled at. When barrels of a batch have finished ageing they go through a watering down process to bring the alcohol content down, otherwise every whiskey we see in the shops would be upwards of 60%. Makers Mark distil their bourbon lower than most other distillers but that percentage will still be higher than the 45% it ends up being bottled at.Anyway I think Makers Mark is a brilliant bourbon for it's price range. If you want even more bang for your buck though, go Benchmark Old No.8 every time.
15th May 2015
Not from Louisville like the Champ, but close enough. Like the Champ, it's the Greatest of All Time. Unsurpassingly smooth, just sweet enough, with all the flavor at the front of the tongue where it belongs. Completely lacking in that musty-wood-and-dead-spiders character most every other bourbon suffers from; on the other hand, clearly a labor of love and not a product of the chemist's lab like many of its imitators (looking at you, Woodford Reserve). If you have never enjoyed whisky, this is a whisky you can entrust with your tastebuds. If you are a connoisseur, admit it -- this is the bourbon that made bourbon what it is today.
2nd March 2015
Sleek, luxurious and seamless with plenty of muscle. Does EXACTLY what you want it to when you want, oozes quality and commitment. If there is a downside, it is precisely that: all boxes checked, certainly, but indefinables like 'character'...? Thank you, please drive through!
25th February 2015
Only slightly worse nose and slightly better flavour. As a sipping bourbon, even on the rocks, this is degrees worse than Buffalo Trace and £8 more expensive. You'd have to like it to be frank.
23rd February 2015
This is very good. Makers Mark is one of first bourbons i, ve had. Till now on it still very good bourbon! Oké , it is not the best bourbon butt it definatly beats regular Jim Beam or Jack. For those who give it 1 or 2 stars , jou maybe have a wrong bottle. I drink Makers as i wright this and it is a full flavoured weatted bourbon and a good 90 proof. Cheers mate.
10th February 2015
Lowest proof? It's 90 proof...
22nd January 2015
Makers Mark is one of the most popular bourbons and can be found in almost any bar. The nose has hints of Vanilla and burnt oak. The taste is nothing special it has a strong oak flavor with hints of vanilla and spice. It is on the same tier with Jim Beam White label, but a bit stronger and more flavorful. Makers Mark is a good bourbon for beginners to start with.
19th January 2015
Anyone giving Maker's less tha 3 stars probably should stay away from offering an opinion. This is absolutely one of the very best.
3rd January 2015
Frankly, I like Jack Daniel's better!
1st January 2015
Every year I buy this for my husband, and it's getting harder to find, but thankfully we can still enjoy what has now become out favourite Christmas dram for the best price any where
14th December 2014
Until today I thought Bullet had my wallet by the nut sack, but no, two sips, and Diageo's unique blend of Japanese manufacturing and British marketing no longer seems so tempting. For sure, Maker's Mark suffers from an I'll designed top that will leave you with either a kitchen full of wax or a severed thumb, but wow what a perfect kick to a smooth pour. And Old Fashioned never tasted so good.
1st December 2014
Hands down the smoothest bourbon on the trail.
27th October 2014
Понравился - особенность - специфический вкус бурбона менее выражен, чем в его собратьев и больше приближён к шотландскому виски.
20th October 2014
I've bought about 12 bottles of whiskey/scotch/bourbon today and tried them all. While Marker's Mark was one of the most expansive, it was probably the one I disliked the most. I also bought about the same amount of cognac/brandy and I prefer brandy.
3rd October 2014
this a true bourbon. sit in a big leather chair and light a cigar.
8th September 2014
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. Norwich uk
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.Don Attermeyerattermeyer@bellsouth.net
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