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Maker's Mark is one of the most recognizable bourbons on the market because of the typical square bottle and the red wax. The bottle has been on the market like this since 1958. In 2013 the producer decided to bottle the bourbon at a lower ABV of 42% instead of the regular 45% for fear of depleting the stocks. This was met by a storm of protest from the consumers that the company reversed the decision within a week. We will try the regular Maker’s Mark, a bourbon that stands out as no rye is added to the mash bill, but wheat!
The nose offers warm and sweet notes of caramel, honey and dried orange peel. Loads of cinnamon. You can actually smell the wheat (unless that is just in my head). Nothing earth shattering, but quite alright.
It is round and creamy on the palate. Good mouth feel. Not too light, but not to syrupy either (which I sometimes have with bourbon). Sweet on crème brûlée with vanilla and caramel in the lead. Mild hints of nuts as well. Some apple pie? Coconut! Some citrus and cherries. I like it.
In the medium long finish it suddenly turns very dry and allows the spices a voice once more.
Flawless, but common bourbon. Probably quite good in a cocktail because of the sweet softness. For those among us with a sweet tooth. Boy, sweet indeed! Thanks, Pat!