Part of my trip to Kentucky several months ago included trip to Loretto to do the Maker’s tour. At the end of the tour I bought a couple bottles and dipped them myself. Maker’s Mark does one of the best tours of any distillery and is a must do for those making the trip to KY. It’s a little out of the way, but totally worth it. For now, Maker’s 46 Cask Strength is only available in the gift shop, but I’m told that will change soon.
Lots of baking spices: vanilla, cinnamon, allspice on the nose, raisin bread, mesquite chips and pencil shavings. Not too hot on the nose, good for a 110.7 proof Bourbon.
The palate is enjoyable, nice chew, decent oils, moderate and warm finish. The spices come through strongly tickling the tongue, but the finish drops off.
Definitely one of the best tours on the tour, but not the best bourbon. I prefer the original Maker’s to the 46, and the cask 46 is just more of it. Enjoyable certainly, but nothing that’s a must try. 86/100.