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It looks very rich and syrupy in the glass. The color is a nice, rich amber.
I find the nose very bright and citrusy, with a lot of ginger. There are also hints of cinnamon and clove. The alcohol is high, maybe too high.
On the tongue, there is much drama. This Maker's Mark is treated with seared French oak staves, and strangely, you can tell. It's well worth twisting your tongue about and smacking your lips.
The tongue is the same as the nose: lots of ginger, cinnamon, and clove. As with most bourbons, I get a hint of wood cellulose, but there's also some leather and gentle tobacco. When I pour a good amount into my mouth, there's a pleasing mouth-feel and syrupiness. And though I get hints of the airplane model glue that I get from most bourbons, the gluey aspect is at a minimum.
There are qualities I can't quite put my finger on, such as an almost meaty aftertaste like sweet beef jerky. The finish is long and a bit salty, with a reminder of honey-roasted nuts. It also behaves strangely on the back of my tongue, with a flash of bitterness that lasts a few seconds and then suddenly vanishes.
All in all, it's all right, but not the best bourbon I've tasted.