Maker’s Mark is the world’s only bourbon made in small quantities of less than twenty barrels per batch. ‘Which means’, we are told, ‘that the distillers have time to be choosy.’ Indeed, the producers attention to detail and commitment to quality is legendary, and on a value/quality basis Maker’s Mark must out rank almost every other bourbon on the market.
The brand leapt out of obscurity in 1980 after the Wall Street Journal published a front page story on the history of the distillery. Suddenly everyone wanted to try it. Unfortunately, Makers Mark was only producing 38 barrels a day
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.
International Review of Spirits Award: Gold Medal