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Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon Whisky (375ml)
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- ABV 55.65%
When it comes to new releases, Maker's Mark have not been as prolific as some other American whisky producers, which is not necessarily a bad thing if your core product is solid. Apart from Maker's 46 and some short lived variations like Maker's Black Label, the latter only available in select markets, the range has remained relatively steadfast. The Bourbon review (gobourbon.com) explains the motivation behind this new offering - a 111.3 proof bottling. Scheduled for release in bars and restaurants only, we've snuck in a few bottles for those keen to get a sneak peek of what by all reports should be a smashing Bourbon:"When Bill retired in 2011, his son Rob Samuels took charge and he has recently overseen the launch of a cask-strength Bourbon for their legion of fans. The company says it’s using regular Bourbon that’s ready to be bottled as regular Maker’s Mark, and is simply not cutting it at all with water... Folks familiar with the iconic Maker’s bottle will probably think it’s a “mini-me” version of the original due to its similarity in shape, label and trademarked free flowing red-waxed tassels. Maker’s hopes to bring more of the product to market next year and have enough to fill some shelves in retail stores (but no promise of that yet)." Other reviews... This is what I wish the standard Maker’s Mark would be: more mature, spicier, more complex, and with a richer finish. Caramel kissed with honey provides a base for marzipan, cotton candy, cinnamon, clove, and a balancing leather dryness on the finish. 56.6% Alc./Vol. 93 points
- www.maltadvocate.com (Winter 2014) Reviewed by: John Hansell