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Maker's Mark

(70cl, 45.0%)
Maker's Mark

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(49 Reviews)

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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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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    User Reviews of the Maker's Mark

    Cant compare to scotch

    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 drink Scotch, but...

    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

    Always in my possession

    The best of them all. Quality, bombastic, yet soft.

    3rd June 2015

    my favorite

    Since I have tried it,I have been hooked on it,in my opinion,the best there is,that's it.

    27th May 2015

    To the person who is confused about the proof distillation.

    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

    The Muhammad Ali of bourbons

    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

    Mercedes of Bourbon!

    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

    Muscular like Gentleman Jack

    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

    real bourbon

    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?

    Lowest proof? It's 90 proof...

    22nd January 2015

    A nice bourbon for the price

    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

    A lot of hype over a glass of Whisky!

    Frankly, I like Jack Daniel's better!

    1st January 2015

    husbands favourite best price any where

    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

    New Favorite

    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

    Евгений Украина (Черкассы)

    Понравился - особенность - специфический вкус бурбона менее выражен, чем в его собратьев и больше приближён к шотландскому виски.

    20th October 2014

    My humble opinion

    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

    should be a 10 by all

    this a true bourbon. sit in a big leather chair and light a cigar.

    8th September 2014

    Tastes Like Leather

    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

    My first real Bourbon

    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

    Good at the end of a session

    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

    If you haven't tried this yet DO IT!

    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

    Way over-hypyed

    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

    Maker's Mark is the bourbon of choice.

    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

    Decent Paint Thinner

    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

    Bourbon good!

    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

    Very Good

    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

    Drink of Choice

    Sweet and simple. Love my glass of Makers Mark every night.

    27th March 2014


    The finest bourbon there is

    11th February 2014

    A classic for me

    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

    Amazingly average

    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

    That's my bourbon!

    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

    Nice drop

    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

    burning cardboard

    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

    Makers mark rye

    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

    Want to try something different in the Bourbon -front?

    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

    Most overrated of the Bourbons.

    Tastes like cardboard. Has no real flavor worth noting. Bland and annoying.

    13th August 2012

    Makers mark sampled in Norwich England

    i do appreciate a good whiskey and makers mark really does deliver the best of that to my pallet.
    Norwich uk

    13th June 2012

    Wheated bourbon in a different league

    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

    Maker's Mark

    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 Attermeyer

    29th March 2010

    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

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