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Maker's Mark 46

(70cl, 47%)

Maker's Mark 46

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Maker's Mark 46 Bottling Note

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.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

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.

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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Maker's Mark 46 Reviews

Smooth buttery sweet

Best Wheater Bourbon at this price point, Smooth, buttery, sweet, vanilla

4th November 2020

Worthy of the Maker's Mark name

My wife bought me a bottle of 46 yesterday (15/08), for our 25th Anniversary. I really like their original Maker's Mark bourbon , so the bar was already set high for the 46 to live up to. And it does, everything from the smell of the whisky when you open the bottle, to the great taste and smoothness when drank neat it's all there.
This would make a beautiful present for anyone who enjoys a good bourbon or whisky,defiantly one for the collection.

16th August 2020

Tasty every day drink, with enough complexity not to be boring.

Usually prefer Islay, tried a Woodford Reserve yesterday, very sweet and had that JD and coke flavour going off which isn't my thing. Glad I went for this, little sweetness, followed by a gentle warming spice, smooth and complex for a bourbon. Tasty everyday drink. Moorish.

31st July 2020

Very pleasant for a change

My usual dram is a good Scottish malt but now and again I venture into the world of American whiskey - just for a change. In the past I've enjoyed Wild turkey 101, Woodford Reserve, Rittenhouse and Makers Mark to name a few. I saw this MM46 and was tempted to give it a try and I am glad I did. It's a BIG whiskey, full of vanilla, caramel and spices and smooth enough to drink straight, even at 47%. As the summary says: very pleasant for change. Very pleasant indeed.

30th July 2020

1st time of trying it......

nice on its own or with a chunk of ice, very moreish and definitely get another bottle, reminded me a bit of Gentlemen Jack.,

25th April 2020

A delicious dram for cold nights by the fire.

My favorite under $50 whisky. Absolutely delicious. Toffee, vanilla, carmel, & cola. The red winter wheat creates a unique full bodied flavor profile that is very drinkable when relaxing by the fire. No burning from this dram, instead there is a nice warmth when it hits the stomach that's coupled with a smooth finish that leaves plenty to reflect on. A step up from plain old Makers, delicious in it's own right, but the 46 takes it a few steps further. I've sampled many whiskys under $50 and this is my favorite. Makers 46 will always have a special place in my cabinet.

16th April 2020

No obvious negatives, but disappointingly ordinary

It's...OK. Perfectly drinkable, but really nothing special. It's almost as though some spicy smoke has been crudely bolted onto the flavour of regular Maker's.

It's fine. I'll drink all of it. But I was looking forward to something special from this. However, if you told me it was a standard bottling to go alongside Beam white, Heaven Hill Old Old Style, Old Forester, etc, then I'd believe you.

16th February 2020

Smooth and balanced.

Nice sipping bourbon, all you need is a big rock!

31st January 2020

Balanced, Sweet Spiced Wheater

I’m a wheater fan and this Markers 46 is one of the best in class. Now a regular in my bourbon rotation. I LOVE it!

1st January 2020

Bloody superb bourbon.

Like a smoother version of regular Makers Mark, but with more fruity spice. Wonderful

11th October 2019

Nicely Balanced

Lovely drink, as previous reviewers have said nice and smooth. Not too much of the burn. My new go too.

18th February 2019

Works for me!!!

I have tried many bourbons under the $40 mark and this is one of the best I ever tasted.

5th December 2018

46 gets a perfect score from me.

My new Favorite! Smooth, delicious. Remarkably smooth. Worth every penny. I've spent alot more for alot less. I highly recommend it.

1st December 2018

Great tasting Bourbon

I really love this 46. It is my go to Bourbon.

23rd November 2018

Well worth a try.

Sampled this in The Devils Advocate, Edinburgh. Benefits from a few drops of water. Light spice on the nose , subtle bite on the tip of the tongue. Warm aftertaste.

9th June 2018

16% wheat. not a fan

This is a strongly wheated bourbon, which is significant if you don't like that kind of thing. Turns out, I do not like that kind of thing. One of the few whiskies I've ever tried that I didn't want to finish.

If you like what the wheat brings to the mash party, then you'll likely love this.

5th February 2018

Unremarkable taste, expensive for what it is.

I think the description on this web site is accurate. However, there are much more enjoyable bourbons for the money and for even less money. It is a drier slightly more spicy version of the regular Marker's. But, it is still over-rated.

16th January 2018

Great Sippper

Very good. It's now my favorite go to bourbon. It's what a bourbon should taste like.

25th September 2017


The Best Whisky I have ever tasted, well it is Makers family.

9th September 2017

Good drinkable Bourbon

Very tasty

4th August 2017

More available at last!

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

A very nice drink

Smooth warm and lovely with a creamy vanilla undertone

26th February 2017

good but not great

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

My oh my

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

My Favorite Bourbon

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

Best bourbon

Smooth taste. Great on the rocks with a good cigar

9th December 2015

Bloody gorgeous

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

I agree with I quit 100%

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

To Notch

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

Excellent, nice delicate bourbon

The only downfall: is it really sold out??!!??!?

18th March 2015

Better than Capt. Morgan Privatestock, my new favrote drink!

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

I quit

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

Mr Andy

One Sip. In Love. Epic. Worth 52 year wait. Review Over.

25th July 2012

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