Top-Flight Tasting: Maker’s Mark

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   Produce sinced 1954, until TK the distillery offered only one product. That was, of course, the iconic Maker’s Mark, a unique whisky that uses red winter wheat in its mash bill (as opposed to the more typical rye). That has always meant a sweeter, smoother flavor profile.

   An extremely consistent bourbon, even new products in the brand portfolio use the exact same mashbill, the only difference being in the aging, maturation, and bottling. As you taste through the Maker’s lineup, notice the underlying spices balancing out those more prominent caramel, vanilla, and fruity notes.

Maker’s Mark®
As smooth as bourbon can possibly be, thanks to the red winter wheat in its recipe, this whisky is sweet yet balanced, emphasizing caramel, vanilla, and fruity essences.

Maker’s Mark® 46
The flagship Maker’s Mark kicked up a notch, this is finished with bespoke seared French oak staves (a unique innovation by the brand). During an additional 9 weeks of aging in a limestone cellar, the staves impart baking spice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, as well as some herbal and dried fruit qualities.

Maker’s Mark® Cask Strength
The purest form of Maker’s Mark, bottled at barrel proof, offers a big oak aroma and richer, more robust flavors of spice, vanilla, and smoke. There is a long finish with no roughness or bitterness.

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