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Bottling NameMakers Mark
Bottled ByMakers Mark Distillery, Inc. Loretto,KY
TypeKentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Alcohol content90 Proof
Availability US: Available Japan: Available Duty Free: Unknown Europe: Available
Views (since 20080612) 77911
Bottling Info<From whiskymag.com>

Michael Jackson

Nose
Wheaty, nutty. Bananas?
Palate
Buttered taost. Molasses. Maple syrup.
Finish
Clean, dryish, flapjack.
Comment
Beautifully structured. Tightly combined flavours. Every bit as smooth as it claims to be.

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Jim Murray

Nose
Aroma with delightful strands of exotic fruit and honey. Fruit cake. Oak adds to feeling of class.
Palate
Lush, pleasingly deep and malty. A firm nuttiness adds extra oily, chewability to the toffee.
Finish
Drier than of old. Caramel toffee with the oak guarantees a bittersweet edge.
Comment
An old faithful of a bourbon. Never lets you down and being from the wheaty school always shows good oak balance. Nose is to die for.

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Review from Photoqwest (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2210, Created:20130705014614)
Purchased at:Bevmo
Purchased for:$20
Nose:Mostly sweet, lots of Vanilla and brown sugar
Taste:Smooth kind of a light mouth feel, no bite, sweet vanilla, buttery taste and feel
Finish:Very short, sweet, and simple, no complexity, vanilla buttery taste continues through finish
Overall:Not a bad Bourbon. I keep a bottle in my home whiskey bar but I prefer a little more complexity. When I am in the mood for a sweet whiskey I would tend to reach for Buffalo Trace over Makers Mark.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2170, Created:20130318183928, Updated:20130318185436) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Liquor Store
Purchased for:8.99
Info on this bottle:200 ml
Nose:Vanilla, mild oak, leather, caramel, with almost no assaultive alcohol to ruffle the surface.
Taste:Soft sweetness (characteristic of wheat bourbons) which takes first chair in this in this band (it is not an orchestra), with a bit of caramel, a mite of citrus, a bit of bite (mostly courtesy of the 90 proof).......... completely inoffensive......... as, I must suspect, was, and is, a primary goal.
Finish:As always, my primary complaint agin Maker's Mark.......... it leaves the scene too soon. A lack of tannins, in me opinion.
Overall:A very decent bourbon with only the major flaw of its finish to mar its reputation. It is not, has never been, and never will be a bourbon drinker's bourbon. But then, that was never its intent, was it? The problem with Maker's Mark (in my opinion), is that it offers no challenge to the drinker. Apparently, the Maker's makers and marketers realized that this was not important to selling their whiskey.......... they were right!! They aimed well....... and made a not bad whiskey.

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Review from robchess66 (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2038, Created:20120203224449)
Purchased at:Royal Liquors, KC
Purchased for:33
Nose:Sweet, caramel, vanilla, spices
Taste:Sweet, but nice and smooth. Caramel &amp; oak
Finish:Sweet but clean and smooth without a great deal of burn
Overall:This was the start for me, and I love it. I keep trying other things, but if I wanted to know that I would love it, I would grab a bottle of MM.

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Review from Wasatch (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2032, Created:20120120182717, Updated:20120127195931)
Purchased at:Layton, UT
Purchased for:$35 750ml
Info on this bottle:Maker's 46
Nose:Nice dark golden amber color.

Very nice vanilla note, caramel, nice oaky scent, spicy.
Taste:Sweet on the lips, very nice oak note, spicy.
Finish:Lasts pretty long, with a dry finish. Pretty smooth, but still high ABV.
Overall:A very nice bourbon, would recommend.

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Review from Watson Roadster (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2029, Created:20120115004030)
Purchased at:LCBO Hamilton,Ontario
Purchased for:$49.95 CDN
Info on this bottle:Maker's 46...Kentucky Bourbon Whiskey...Barrel finished with oak staves...
Nose:Kinda like original Maker's Mark but punched up a bit.Bigger Vanilla and caramel and oak...A little heavy on the alcohol,too...
Taste:Wow...Very nice!!!Again,rich vanilla and caramel with oak that does'nt overpower the first two.All this with the trademark Maker's sweetness.
Finish:This finish is much longer than the super quick finish of original Maker's.The vanilla and caramel continue along with the oak,but now,a very nice cinnamon thing goes on.
Overall:This is a very good Bourbon if a little pricey.Not an every day sort of thing,because of it's richness,but nice for once in a while.Congratulations to the folks in Loretto for going out on a limb and adding the already good,and stable,Maker's Mark...Cool bottle,too!!!

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Review from Wasatch (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2025, Created:20120103171911, Updated:20120103172051)
Purchased at:Layton, UT
Purchased for:$23 750ml
Nose:Very nice dark golden color.

WOW! Very nice nose of vanilla, slight oak, and a nice little spice note.
Taste:The taste is very nice, sweet, with some oakyness, slightly spicy. Goes down very smoothly.
Finish:Medium body, with a slight dry finish. This one lasts quite a bit after swallowing.
Overall:Really enjoyed this one. One of the best for the money.

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Review from raul (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2013, Created:20111121222154)
Purchased at:
Nose:[Olfactory impressions]soothing, pleasant
Taste:[Description of the initial taste impression]slightly sweet, mellow, smooth, caremel.
Finish:[Description of the lingering taste impression]moderate, lingering, pleasant, bringing a smile to my face.
Overall:[Overall impression of this bottling]in the end it is either good and I like I like it or it is not good and I don't like it. It is good and I like it very much, it is very good bourbon. Thank you MM.

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Review from Watson Roadster (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 2007, Created:20111105180011, Updated:20111105180320)
Purchased at:LCBO Beamsville,Ontario
Purchased for:$34.95 (On sale!!!!)
Info on this bottle:Maker's Mark..Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey...Handmade...
Proof Of this Bottle:90
Nose:Delicate....Vanilla and sweet honey...Some brown sugar...Definately some oak...Some hints of fruitiness in behind and alcohol...
Taste:Nice,soft,if not complex...Sweet!!!I have to agree with Mike that the sweetness of the bourbon is the thing that is predominant...There are hints of vanilla and charred oak in behind the sweetness...
Finish:Short (shorter than Beam White Label!!!) and sweet!!!!And definately smooth...There's hardly any burn at the end at all!!!Again,good but very short...
Overall:I keep harping on the sweetness....It's not syropy and overpowering,it's actually pretty good,but it's definately the running theme throughout this bourbon.If Jack Daniels Old No. 7 is to sour-mash what Johnnie Walker Red Label is to blended scotch then Maker's Mark is to sour-mash what Glenfiddich is to single malt scotch.In otherwords,it's pretty good stuff,but neither fish nor fowl.Not spectacular,but definately not bad.This is an excellent introduction to better crafted bourbons for someone who would'nt necessarily be predisposed to drinking bourbon.It would definately NOT offend anyone.For me,at this price point,I would prefer the Four Roses Small Batch,but Maker's is'nt bad...It would be my choice if I was'nt in the mood to be challenged at all...

Never a bad choice...

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1976, Created:20110619164529)
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$39?
Info on this bottle:Maker's Mark 46
Nose:Soft caramel and vanilla with some oak and a whiff of nutmeg and allspice. Alcohol is just a poor cousin in the nose. The overall nose is enticing, but not overtly complex.
Taste:Rich sweet, but soft, corny opening with nice vanilla flavors lurking brazenly about. At mid-palate there is some nice cinnamony spice, which along with the sweetness, is attenuated by the oaky dryness. An excellent and satisfying balance is achieved.
Finish:A moderate to long finish that closes this Maker's melody with a suitable flourish.
Overall:An excellent bourbon that is well balanced and quite drinkable. Soft like a wheat bourbon, but pleasingly full bodied. Worthy to sit on any shelf. As long as I am doing a good business in bourbon, it will be close at hand on my shelves.

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Review from BuffaloBill (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1900, Created:20101213233351) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Cape Cod
Purchased for:$39.
Info on this bottle:Maker's 46
Nose:I'm going between a Riedel Tulip &amp; Riedel Cognac Xo. The tulip shows a briny floral with lots of orange peel and some toffee down the middle. Sandy...the alcohol really kicks into the nostrils. It has good depth, bright notes of aged citrus peel, ever so slight dusty undertone. It's a tad rounder in the Cognac Xo wit some spice notes. Full bodied in the Glencairn, wide. Fruit compote and dark wood.
Taste:Medium viscosity and bold. The heat builds and needs to be tamed with a dash of spring water or a single cube.
Finish:Nothing long and romantic, but good.
Overall:B+

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Review from bradlikesbrew (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1673, Created:20090905133338)
Purchased at:Mile High Wine &amp; Spirits - Lakewood, CO
Nose:Notes of vanilla, honey, and banana.
Taste:Toast, honey, oak and vanilla. Some light spice notes.
Finish:Toffee sweetness on a short finish.
Overall:Not all that complex, more of a soft approachable Bourbon. For me, WL Wellers is a better example of a smooth wheat Bourbon and it is much more affordable. That said, Makers is always a safe bet that is available virtually everywhere.

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Review from Dump Bucket (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1516, Created:20090307211901)
Purchased at:Ben sent me 50 ml
Info on this bottle:bottled in 1986
Nose:Reminiscent of the Old Fitz Prime 90 I had not long ago. Nice vanilla, burnt butter, some alcohol on the nose. I can tell this is not as refined as a older version just through the nose, but I do expect it to taste better than the 2008 version.
Taste:Little quick citrus and then some vanilla, corn, butter feel and taste, but younger than the 101 version that I have.
Finish:Little sour like unsweetened vanilla for a moment and then some burn butter and corn.
Overall:This is not bad. If the current version was this good it would be on my shelf for me to drink, not dedicated to: ???Friends that do not know a better bourbon??? in my VIP bottle :)

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Review from azoth_melusina (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1498, Created:20090221130849, Updated:20090221131038)
Purchased at:PLCB store in Media
Purchased for:23.99
Info on this bottle:blue wax (election 2008 label)
Nose:sweet caramel; some toffee; dried dark fruits with nice depth!
Taste:buttery. for 90 proof, nice little bite! after wallowing in diminishing Stagg 08 bottle, this is a pleasant surpirse...smooth, of course...but alot of mingling flavors that are actually hard (and fun) to track down: not-so-young corn, wheaty for sure...it's obviously MM. but then, i forgot what MM was. nice surprise, despite everyone that doesn't know squat about bourbon thinks this is THE bourbon...
Finish:ok, the echo effect...better than JB Black...or any TN thang...(except single barrel JD...)...it's got signature MM written all over it, but it doesn't overwhelm in a way i would like. like a hoppy hoppy pale ale. come on, give it to me! but, then, there's something consistent (and predictable?) here...good to the last drop. but i need a mystery...90 proof can rarely do such (maybe pappy. point 4....). how about a MM 10 year? a MM barrel proof? what are you hiding and keeping for yo self?
Overall:ok, this is pure drinkability, but not in the same, dumb*** way that 'bud light' is or bud....(i.e., drinkability = lobotomy). a very nice everyday pour that requires nothing, but deserves a pause...there is Craft here. much in evidence. but if MM wants respect (are you reading this, spies?), then do yourself a favor and offer more than one bottling. please. you have potential. you HAD potential. if only i could sing myself into one of those old gold waxes....

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1306, Created:20081006165022)
Purchased at:
Nose:Corn (in like manner to Malt in Scotch), vanilla, a wee hint of oak. Soft, pleasant, and very approachable!
Taste:Quite nice sweet entry with some thickness.........spice nips nicely around the edges like an overactive chichuahua trying to get your attention. Definite Corn elements (in like manner to Malt in Scotch) that tote taste smoothly across thy palate y'all.
Finish:Respectable, respectable.
Overall:The Most Marvelous Maker's Mark ever I have had. Time to get a full sized bottle and keep same close to hand for 'mellow' moments (never before in my entire life have I had a 'mellow' moment, leastways not sos I would use that terminology........but one must be ever open to new experiences) and if MM can give me one (a 'mellow' moment) I will jump on it like a chicken on a Junebug.

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1255, Created:20080821163620, Updated:20080821164015)
Purchased at:
Nose:Very light, hard to tease out the constituents. Some tannin and alcohol, and..?
Taste:Soft mouth feel, very mild flavor, almost neutral. Wood seems the main component, youngish wood.
Finish:Whiskeyish notes linger but very lightly.
Overall:I was disappointed by this bottling. Others I've had had more oomph. It is a very smooth drink indeed, but too neutral for my taste.

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Review from Anonymous (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 1106, Created:20080603202952)
Purchased at:Sam' Wine and Spirits, Glen Ellyn, IL
Purchased for:$20
Nose:Mellowed wood, cotton candy, sweet grains
Taste:spicy wood, grainy wheat taste, hot sensation across the mouth
Finish:Spicy heat on front of tongue, mildly bitter, definite residual heat, nearly the harsh burn. Improves to an excellent balance with water or ice, particularly ice gradually melting which makes this a very smooth bourbon with a much less apparent wheat flavor component.
Overall:The heat or burn of this whisky is not offensive but they reveal it to be less aged and more unbalanced, while acceptably smooth, than many competing bourbons.

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 986, Created:20080113210049)
Purchased at:Hilton Salt Lake City
Purchased for:$6.00
Nose:Light Caramel, vanilla, floral, almost a little like sage..
Taste:Smooth.. no bitter taste...
Finish:Light Caramel, leather, vanilla and creaming, not bitter, but full, refreshing, complexities of oak, floral, vanilla, and more...

I sipped thinking this would be like the last few, but POW... it was good... It was almost like drinking Guinness... most the time the poor is terrible, but once in 6-7 times it was great... this was great... I should have bought the bottle...
Overall:This was a surprise... after the last half dozen times I have had Maker's and been slightly glad that I chose that over the JB W or B, this was good. I mean an Evan Williams 96 or 97 good. Full, complex... just damn good. If it tasted like this half the time I would drink more of it...

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Review from spun_cookie (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 883, Created:20071104143348, Updated:20071126223022)
Purchased at:American Airlines
Purchased for:Free :o)
Nose:Light Caramel, leather, vanilla and cream
Taste:Leather and light caramel and a little citrus. end taste was orange spices
Finish:0-15 secs has leather, citrus / orange, rich spice lading to vanilla
15-30 secs leather and lighter orange peal
30-45 seconds mellowing to near nothing. Hard to discern the taste after 60 seconds
Overall:Great with uno pizza and nickelback

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Review from Jon (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 788, Created:20070611070220)
Purchased at:
Purchased for:1.5oz/$6.50
Proof Of this Bottle:90
Nose:Very pleasant nose with vanilla and sweet oak at the forefront while various fruits and spices mingle.
Taste:Sweet creamed corn, vanilla caramel, spicey oak, wheat, and cooked apples with the filling from a pecan pie are all there. Excellent!
Finish:A moderate finish that is smooth, sweet and rewarding with a sugar goodness that doesn't want to go away. Mmmmm...Mmmm!
Overall:I believe this is an excellent young wheater that doesn't have the great complexity that age provides for an in-depth focused study, but rather has extracted the best sweet parts of the barrel. I find Makers Mark to be easy drinking, well balanced and an excellent choice to be had neat while entertaining.

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Review from gillmang (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 749, Created:20070421083659, Updated:20070421113044) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:
Info on this bottle:From a bar drink at O'Hare Airport. I ordered a Maker's and beer back and was told,
Nose:Medium-age bourbon, pleasant, neither heavy nor light. There were light notes of pine and flowers. The distillery character was quite evident.
Taste:The mouthfeel was soft with no burn or other rough edges. (I've had Maker's Mark that was quite different in this regard). I admire a soft, FULL entry and this had that in the way, say, a good American brandy or French cognac has. The flavor was the same flowers and pine from the nose with a light backing of wood and barrel char.
Finish:The pine seemed to dominate.
Overall:I thought this was really good. It offered young whiskey flavours softened and modified by some good barrel aging. It is not the Maker's of the 60's and 70's IMO but stands on its own merits.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 661, Created:20061127140108, Updated:20061127140836) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Athens, GA
Purchased for:$20 for 375 ml
Proof Of this Bottle:90
Nose:An enticing nose with vanilla, corn, oak, butterscotch, citrus, and leather. The best nose of any MM I can remember. I like it a lot!
Taste:A nice sweet entrance that is followed by some well mannered but lively spice. There are hints of citrus and cinnamon that do more than hum.....they sing!
Finish:A decent moderately long finish that retains the best of the taste. Holding on is some sweetness that does not completely trump the spice ........followed by a mild but not objectionable alcohol burn.
Overall:A very flavorful bourbon that is excellent and a pleasant surprise to me!

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 608, Created:20061013161531)
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:$19 for 375ml
Nose:A light nose with more oak than I have noticed in MM before. Along comes some vanilla and bannana. Pleasant but not complex or rich.
Taste:The taste is similiar to the nose. It is smooth, light, sweet, and well mannered. It rolls across the mouth without much fuss. Maker's Mark does not challenge you, but invites you to settle back for some easy reading or a good sitcom. It doesn't lead you, but lets you decide where your mood wants to take you. It is the chameleon of bourbons, changing as you change.
Finish:A mild finish that is very smooth but quite short. The sweet embers die quickly and another sip is called for immediately to rekindle the glow (there never was a flame, which is why MM follows YOUR mood so well).
Overall:Maker's Mark has its devotees and it is certainly easy to drink. It is like an old friend with whom you are completely comfortable and at ease, predictable, dependable, reliable,...................and, at times, boring.

I have dear, dear, friends who don't care for exotic or different tastes. I must constantly fight the temptation to believe that they are wrong about this. It is only when my better nature asserts itself that I realize that I cannot be a judge to their tastes. Long live lovers of Maker's Mark!!

For me, I prefer a bourbon that leads me to a mood in keeping with its unique and often strong character.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 410, Created:20060318071445)
Purchased at:Bourbon's Bistro Bar
Purchased for:6.00
Info on this bottle:Standard Bottle
Proof Of this Bottle:90
Nose:Corn and vanilla with a little hazel nut. Not very complex.
Taste:Alcohol on the front with corn and vanilla and a little nuttiness on the backside.
Finish:Short and sweet
Overall:OK neat, but better if mixed in a cocktail.

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Review from bourbonv (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 207, Created:20050707162538)
Purchased at:estate sale
Info on this bottle:375 ml from about 1990
Proof Of this Bottle:90
Nose:Caramel and honey with a little floral notes - roses.
Taste:Vanilla and wood - almost pine wood. Not much alcohol burn but the wood is a little harsh. A little caramel tries to come through but the wood quickly drives it away.
Finish:Sweet and short. Not very complex.
Overall:Not the best Maker's I have ever had, but better than some more recent bottlings.

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Review from jbohan (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 185)
Purchased at:Tower Package, Doraville, Ga
Purchased for:30
Info on this bottle:The Usual
Proof Of this Bottle:90
Nose:Nice sweet smell, not too complex
Taste:Have to agree with Mike that the sweetness is what comes through the most, not saying that is a bad thing, after all it is wheated bourbon. But a little more complexity or change in taste as it sits on the tongue would be nice
Finish:Smmoth and short
Overall:Since you cna find this in any restaurant it is always available and a perfectly fine drink, especially for those just getting introduced to bourbon. If wheated bourbons are to your liking, W.L. Weller can be purchased at a lower price than MM and should be tried, the Van Winkles are higher priced but definitely worth a try. Like Mike, I am not trying to say anything negative about MM, it is a good introductary pour.

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Review from Mike (BourbonEnthusiast Review ID 125) View discussion on this review.
Purchased at:Sigman Bottle Shop, Conyers, GA
Purchased for:Gift
Nose:Vanilla, bananas, nuts
Taste:Sweetest bourbon in my tasting experience, sweetness that predomoninates to the point of forcing other elements into the background. Sweetness that rules out complexity. For me the taste remains at the front of the mouth.
Finish:Not a long finish. And even though the sweetness is the main actress, she doesn't stay on stage for long. She completes her lines and leaves the stage abruptly. The audience (drinker) is left wondering if the play is over. It is!
Overall:Maker's Mark is one of those bourbons that it is easy to knock because it has become the 'bourbon' of young 'sophisticates' (at least, so I have heard). And I really don't mean to take anything away from it. It is a very pleasant bourbon. If I wanted a bourbon that has a pleasant taste that never challenges me, I would drink MM very regularly. I certainly hope I don't offend anyone here, it is not my intent,...........but if it were to happen that you took a bourbon to Sunday School.......this is what you would take! It would never embarrass you and for those who are being introduced to bourbon for the first time, it is a good introductory one.

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