Maker’s Mark Cask Strength 2015

Makers Mark Cask Strength

Paid: $30 for 375 ML

Distilled / Owned by: Maker’s Mark / Beam Suntory

Batch: #1 2015

Region: Kentucky

55.65% ABV

Mashbill: 70% corn, 16% wheat, 14% malted barley

Aged For: Minimum 4 years

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4

Chill Filtered: No

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn



Color: Burgundy Brown

Nose: Strong alcohol gives way to vanilla, cinnamon, and oak. Very similar to the original but light for the proof.

Taste: Vanilla, cherry, oak, chocolate, malt, and leathery tobacco swirl on the palate. Much better mouth feel than the regular. You can clearly identify this as a wheated bourbon.

Finish: Warm, lingers on the tongue and then bites after a time. While not ideal far superior to the regular’s finish. Notes of blackberry and cinnamon.

Overall: I really think the higher proof makes Maker’s taste much better. When proofed down I don’t think Maker’s ages their stuff long enough to have a great flavor profile, wheated mashbills need a lot of age before the flavors begin to really take off.

Score: 86/100

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