Color: Orange-hued copper.
Nose: Immediately expressive, with a balanced but forceful mix of fruit and wood. On the fruit side, there is an exuberant cherry note as well as the piquant, oily aroma of orange peel. More sniffing reveals this is actually packed with citrus: key lime and grapefruit make appearances, as does a tart aroma of gooseberries. The wood is not a flabby vanilla overlay, but rather a tannic, sharp, yet sweet and well-integrated note of oak. With some time in the glass, this takes on spicy notes of anise as well as a mineralic nuance of limestone.
Palate: Starts with a reprise of the nose’s pert limestone note, as well as some elements of the astringent wood. This calms down as it moves towards the top of the tongue, where some creamily nutty flavors yield suddenly to the tannic oaky notes singing out once again. Before this lapses over into woody bitterness, though, there are the perfect balancing notes of citrus and stone fruit, as well as the light sweetness of confectioners’ sugar.
Finish: Marked by earthy flavors of dried tobacco leaf, some dry old leather, and a radiant heat, evidence of the higher bottling proof of this expression.
Maker’s Mark maintain that they distil their bourbon to the lowest proof of any US whiskey distillery. This proffers a bourbon that retains a rich flavour. Developed by Bill Samuels Sr, he replaced rye with red winter wheat to reduce the burning sensation.
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