Country:USA – Kentucky Distillery: Maker’s Mark Type: Bourbon Cask: American Oak (French Oak Cask Staves inside) Age: NAS ABV: 47% Proof: 94 Price: $30
Nose: Armagnac like, grape aromas. Vanilla, earthy tones, marzipan, wax. Palate: Walnuts, honey, black pepper, cloves, mint. All refreshing, full body and joyful. Finish:Very long, spicy and creamy.
Maker's Mark is a game changing bourbon but Maker's 46 has been a really different one in the industry. It was created by Bill Samuels, Jr., to bring forward the aromas he loved in the classic Maker's Mark.
Maker's 46 starts its journey as a cask strength Maker's Mark, which takes a different path from there by being placed in barrels which have additional heavily seared 10 French oak staves placed in the barrel. This barrel is finished for 9 weeks in Maker's Mark's limestone cellar.
I am not the biggest MM fan but Maker's 46 has always been a decent bourbon for me. What is more important in my opinion is the creativity it led for the brand to create personalized single barrels for whiskey clubs or retail store when they want to have their own Maker's 46 barrel.
I love the amplification of some classic bourbon aromas and spicy palate.
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