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Maker's Mark 46

Lovely and better then MM

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@galgReview by @galg

20th Sep 2010


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Now let’s get going with Maker’s 46, which is why in the first place i tasted the original MM… At first i did (quite foolishly) that Maker’s 46 stood for 46% ABV, but when i saw that it was actually 47% i knew i was wrong. As it happens, the Maker’s people were experimenting with their whisky and Master Distiller Kevin Smith began some lengthy "trial and error" to create something new and different. After some trial and error he reached a conclusion that he must you MM as the base of the new ‘experiment’ and at the 46th trial, they hit the jackpot. it was the expression they were looking for. What actually goes on is this (broken into steps):

Step 1:

Fully matured Maker's Mark is removed from its barrel. Top hoops are removed from the barrel, and the barrel head is pulled.

Step 2:

Ten wooden seared staves are then affixed to the inside of that barrel.

Image : MM site

Step 3

Searing the staves caramelizes the sugars in the wood, adding a unique flavor that finishes on the front of the tongue.

Image : MM site

Step 4:

The fully matured Maker's Mark is then put back in the barrel and aged several more months. When it tastes exactly right, Maker's 46 is removed from the barrel, bottled, corked and dipped.

Simple , right?

Actually this is a very similar method which was also used by the Compass Box Spice tree, and got them all in trouble with the SWS… ( i will be reviewing the Spice Tree later this month, so watch this space).


Nose: The nose is more complex here then the original Maker’s : on first whiff i get wee balsamic, as if it were a sherried dram. very interesting. then it gives way to the the obvious vanilla, but more fruity (apple pie) , tobacco, wood , some oatmeal and butterscotch.

Palate: eucalyptus, oak, Burnt sugar. Spicier than the original . and loads of vanilla and cinnamon as well.

Finish: Finishes on bitter cocoa, wood, vanilla, and some over ripe oranges. Medium length.

Maker’s 46 is really very nice. Complex, with a great nose and palate that delivers everything promised by the nose and even more. The bottle itself is plain beautiful, with that sexy Wax, and shape, and will look great on my shelf. I tried looking for this one in online shops, and couldn’t find stores that stock it (amongst the few i trust and work with). Seems like a very good option if you are looking to broaden your American whisky collection.

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Wills commented

Hey galg

just read the new review for this dram and was left puzzled. Thx for your nice review with the good explanations!

Unfortunately it seems this bottle isn't available in germany yet.

11 years ago 0

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