The last couple of times I drank some Maker's Mark at a bar, I had noticed it had improved. There was more of the nice caramel tones that used to be in the product and it was beginning to get a little oak wood as well. I theorized at the time that they are finally producing quantity more in line with the demand and they quit taking some short cuts in the aging. I hope the trend continues. It is still short of the bourbon that built its reputation, but in my opinion, it is going in the right direction again.
"Our people live almost exclusively on whiskey" - E H Taylor, Jr. 25 April 1873