Ultimate Beverage Challenge 94 points - (Great Value)- Honey orange color. Acute peppery, cooking spice aromas burst from the glass in waves of sage, thyme, honey wheat, then with further air contact the nose settles in offering slightly torched/burnt cereal grain, baked fruit scents that carry forward into the maple-like, roasted midpalate. Aftertaste is medium long, honeyed. Classy, substantial. (Mar 2015)
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Aroma - Pleasant, sweet, toasty oak nose with caramel overtones. More intense aroma without an alcohol nose.
Taste - Rich, creamy seared-oak flavors; caramel and vanilla notes linger on the front of the palate, but it is still soft enough to hold on the tongue even at 94 proof.
Finish - A big mouth-watering oaky finish. Long with a little spice, staying forward on the palate without the bitter bite found in older whiskies.
History - Maker's 46 is the distillery's first new expression since the brand debuted in 1958. It's created by aging traditional Maker's Mark an additional 2-3 months in barrels containing a specially designed framework of oak staves. The staves are seared through high heat to add more oaky nuances. While it still dons the recognizable red wax-dipped seal, the new 94-proof release is a decidedly bigger, bolder version of itself.
We age Maker's 46 a bit longer inside barrels containing seared French oak staves. The staves create bolder, more complex flavors — while eliminating the bitterness that usually comes with whiskies that are aged longer.