Review #307 – Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength (Binny’s Pick, Barrel 6)
Whiskey Network Review #307 | /r/Bourbon Review #174 – Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength (Binny’s Pick), 107.3pf | 53.65% ABV
Thanks to /u/hawki84. I’ve never been this biggest Maker’s fan but I’ve still been curious about their new 46 CS offerings. Thanks for scratching this itch, hawk.
Distiller: Maker’s Mark (Kentucky)
Source: /r/scotchswap sample
Nose: Molasses. Mildly astringent. Honey, spicy pepper, big brown sugar.
Taste: Metallic spice, maple, clove. Some minor minty dill (weird), lots of cinnamon. All of the Maker’s I’ve had thus far has a weird splenda / metallic note to it and this is sadly no different. The heat is managed very well here though surprisingly. That might also be the red hot cinnamon masking, though.
Finish: Surprisingly long, which is nice, but it’s very hot. Hotter than the palate. Not terribly complex. Some odd splenda, metallic, red hots.
Overall: I think I’ve learned that Maker’s just isn’t for me. They don’t make awful product but, at the same time, I think it’s just a profile that doesn’t jive with me. The odd astringency, the cinnamon, and weird wood integration just doesn’t make me pine to purchase products from their line. I’m giving this a Rank 4. It’s fine, and has no glaring flaws – just not the profile I love and it carried a hefty price to boot.
Thanks for reading!