I've not been a huge drinker of the regular Maker's Mark, but got this bottle in the States and the boldness of the flavours in the cask strength really captured my palate.
This bottle is 56.1% alcohol, and is batch number 2016.01
So this is a wheated bourbon but unlike the classic age stated versions of famous bourbons this is relatively young. Mash bill is 70% corn, 16% wheat and 14% barley. The wheat is the unique red winter wheat.
I'm not always a big cask strength fan, but this is one bourbon I love drinking neat. Tried it with ice and doesn't work.
Colour: quite a dark brown concentrated looking.
Nose; massive hit of thick heavy caramel and maple syrup, some wheaty cereal husk, toasted sugar coated nuts, deep muscovado sugars, toffee apple, red apple skin tannins, Autumn leaves, cinnamon, toasted wheat and barley, some feinty alcohol tones, slight herbal.
Palate: quite a big hit of alcohol but the caramels and muscovado sugars are strong enough for the bold flavours to power through any burn. Then it's slightly bitter oak wood, big toasted grains, Autumn leaves, maple syrup.
Finish is bitter wood, toasted grains and that lingering maple syrup and Autumn leaf character.