I have had a lot of requests for this bourbon, and for good reason. Maker’s Mark is one of the most popular bourbons in America, probably the most popular among casual bourbon drinkers. Maker’s Mark is a 6 year aged, 90 proof bourbon from the Maker’s Mark Distillery. For many people, the first thing they ask me when I tell them I have a bourbon blog is, “what do you think of Maker’s Mark?” So, here are my thoughts on Maker’s Mark.
Like many bourbons, I love the nose on Maker’s Mark. It is sweet, with a good balance of bourbon character and nuanced notes. The nose reminds me of a confectioner’s shop, with notes of dark chocolate, nougat, hazelnuts, caramel, honey, and vanilla. However, unlike some other bourbons that smell great, I would rather just smell Maker’s Mark all day. Upon taking the first sip, this bourbon loses a lot of its appeal for me.
Maker’s Mark is somewhat famous for using a high wheat content in their mash bill, and I think that shows on the palate and in the finish. The whiskey demonstrates the blandness of dried wheat bread, only showing some of the classic bourbon flavors of caramel, vanilla, and oak. The finish is solid and lingering, with some honey and oak, coming through the wheaty dryness. However, drinking this bourbon reveals very little complexity, which makes it a boring bourbon experience.
As I said at the outset, Maker’s Mark gets a lot of different reactions. Here are two bourbon blogs that I read often, both of which have different thoughts on Maker’s Mark.
Blue Kitchen gives Maker’s Mark an A- http://www.bluekitchen.net/bourbongallery.html.
Sour Mash Manifesto gives Maker’s Mark a 7.4/10, which is a very poor ranking. http://sourmashmanifesto.com/category/reviewsratings/makers-mark-reviewsratings/.
It is important to note that both these blogs are very fond of Maker’s 46, the newest bourbon from the Maker’s Mark Distillery. I hope to get a bottle of Maker’s 46 soon, so I can review that one as well.
My grade for Maker’s Mark: C-. Price: $25-30/750ml. I choose to leave this one on the shelf, but there are a lot of people who disagree with me on this one.