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The first line extension to the Maker's Mark range since the '50s, Maker's 46 is essentially the standard expression with added spice. This was not intended to compete with the core expression, instead it's a cousin to it, something different for those that like spicy bourbon. They add this extra dimension by inserting seared French oak staves into the barrels (with the stave profile "number 46" - thus the name). It's utterly stunning.
Nose: Toffee sweetness and the saw dust from freshly cut wood. Has a very toasty aroma, with sweet spices and deep, thick caramel.
Palate: Creamy and very soft. Then it opens up, in fact it explodes with spiciness which concentrates on the tip of the tongue. It’s on nutmeg, mulled wine spices, allspice, cinnamon. Also a hint of hot apple juice. Kevin remarks that it’s not unlike the cinnamon flavoured gum, “Big Red” – we’ve literally no idea what Big Red is, but it sounds really manly.
Finish: A natural progression of the palate with the sweet spices and it concentrates on the tongue – this may be one of the few times you’ll notice a concentration of sweetness like this from a bourbon. It also becomes grassy after a minute or so.
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This has to be one of the best bourbons at this price mark. Definitely in my top 5. If you think Maker's is pretty good already this will blow your socks off. Its worth the extra spend if you would love your regular Maker's with spades more spice, punch and complexity. It's going to be hard going back though!
24th March 2017
Smooth warm and lovely with a creamy vanilla undertone
26th February 2017
Drank this side by side with Blanton's other night. Both were very sweet, but the Blanton's was far more complex. 46 is a good whisky, the Blanton's is great.
13th December 2016
First I noticed the sweetness which I wasn't expecting. Then I realized it was a smooth mouth feel not really sweet. I was expecting the usual pow you get with the first bourbon sip. Instead it rounded out easily and I was able to think about the other flavors more easily. Very warm, vanilla, cinnamon, oak. Very nice.
27th November 2016
One of my favourites! 9/10 from me!
4th November 2016
I am lucky enough to own a bottle of this, picked up during a recent trip to Florida. I limit myself to one glass a month, in the hope that the bottle will last me until I go back to the States. Fantastic with a wedge of ice, this bourbon is knockout..pretty much regular Makers' bigger, more mature brother, and my word is it good.
30th March 2016
I keep hoping to find another bourbon that compares to this. In California we can get this for around $34 which is a great price for such a tasty drink. When my guests come over, they're always pleasantly surprised when I pour them this instead of the usual JB or Makers.
19th December 2015
Smooth taste. Great on the rocks with a good cigar
9th December 2015
A beautiful bourbon with a real depth of spice, warmth, and wood.
2nd December 2015
I find that I prefer the standard Maker's to this premium offering. Don't get me wrong, this is very good. Just a personal taste.
24th September 2015
No more bourbon tasting for me this is perfection best I have EVER tasted.Its so good I do not know how to describe it.
2nd August 2015
this is an excellent whiskey. Sometimes can be found at Costco, at least California ones, for as low as 26 bucks. I prefer Buffalo trace and othe bourbons over standard Makers Mark but Makers 46 is truly outstanding. Rich maple syrup buttery goodness.
4th April 2015
The only downfall: is it really sold out??!!??!?
18th March 2015
I recently tasted 46, really, really good! My new favroite drink. Much better than Capt. MORGAN private stock. Edward Kelly, Florida. 2015
19th January 2015
Yes, 46 is the end of the line for me. I can now stop tasting for a "better bourbon". With a little ice, this is what I have always been wishing for. Now to find my "best cigar".
6th November 2014
Been in love with the original for years. 46 is the bomb!
19th April 2014
A great whiskey. Possibly one of the most delicious on earth.. Outstanding
27th November 2012
One Sip. In Love. Epic. Worth 52 year wait. Review Over.
25th July 2012