The story of Maker’s Mark is one to read up on. I can recommend the book ‘Bourbon’ by Fred Minnick from 2016. The distillery only started producing in 1954 and has always gone against the grain and positioned itself (way back then) as a high end bourbon. The idea of the red wax came from the owner’s wife and was immediately patented. They do not use any rye. Next to corn, the mashbill consists of winter wheat and malted barley.
Rather dusty nose on white bread, farmer’s butter and brown sugar. Nougat and hazelnuts. Oranges in the background. Even some cold tea. Nothing earth shattering, though.
Nicely creamy on the palate. Immediately honeysweet with a green edge. Think caramel, oranges, gummi bears, coconuts and cherry liqueur. Quite pleasant.
Surprisingly long finish in which the spices take most credit.
It had been years since I last tasted this one, but I remember this to be much sweeter (not better though). This batch is to my liking.