Maker’s Mark Private Select Liquor Barn Barrel #5

Makers Mark PS LB5

Paid: $75 for 750ml

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

Region: Kentucky

Store Pick: Liquor Barn Barrel #5

55.6% ABV

Aged For: NAS

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

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4, finished in a new oak cask with 3 baked American Cuvee, 1 Maker’s 46, 3 toasted French mocha, 3 toasted French spice staves

Chill Filtered: No

 


 

Color: Auburn Henna

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

Nose: Allspice, bright cinnamon, coffee, oak, chocolate, and wheated mash

Feel: Spicy and oily

Taste: Espresso, toasted oak, marshmallow, leather, and tobacco

Finish: Warm, with hints of clove, vanilla, seasoned wood, and roasted nuts.

Thoughts: The staves here give this a heavy coffee flavor, and I find It to be a notch above the the Cask Strength as the extra wood helps in my opinion.

Score: 85 out of 100

Maker’s Mark 46

Maker's 46

This is the standard Makers, aged a bit longer, at 2% higher Abv, with French oak staves added to the end of the aging process for finishing. Maker’s is now taking this concept much farther with their private selections.

Paid: $35 for 750ml

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

Region: Loretto, Kentucky

47% ABV

Aged For: 6 years +

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

Cask Type: New charred oak, Char #4, finished in casks with added French oak staves

Chill Filtered: Yes

Drank: Neat, in a glencairn

 


 

Color: Chestnut Orange

Nose: Key Lime Pie, citrus, vanilla, and French oak

Taste: The lime carries through to the palate, caramel, vanilla, honey, and graham crackers.

Finish: On the shorter side of medium, caramel and citrus linger in the finish.

Thoughts: I was surprised by the distinct lime note I picked up from the extra aging with the staves. Certainly an improvement on the regular expression and less astringent.

Score: 81 out of 100

Maker’s Mark

Maker's Mark

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

45% ABV

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

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