One of the first bourbons I tried, and I’m sure the first many others tried. You can find it almost everywhere.
Paid: $30 for 750ml
Distilled/Owned by: Maker’s Mark / Beam Suntory
Region: Loretto, Kentucky
Aged For: Roughly 6 years
Mashbill: 70% corn, 16% wheat, 14% malted barley
Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4
Chill Filtered: Yes
Drank: Neat, in a glencairn
Color: Chestnut Orange
Nose: Vanilla, honey, caramel, and very astringent for how sweet it is.
Taste: More vanilla and honey come through from the nose, oak, ashy and slightly metallic. Caramel past the metal
Finish: Short and smooth sometimes, and biting and harsh with other sips. Consistently sweet and sugary.
Thoughts: Maybe they water it down with spring water? No seriously if the cask strength is a decent drink by my own opinion I have no clue what they are doing to this stuff to make it so metallic and astringent. Maybe the higher burn of the CS hides that. For the same price as your standard bottle of makers there are many better options out there.
Score: 74 out of 100