American Whiskey - Bourbon
Maker's Mark #46 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
This is a Tier 1 score in the Whiskey category. It means the spirit has won the highest recommendation at least once and probably many times.
Maker's Mark bourbon is made from a lake on the distillery grounds fed by limestone springs and said to be free of iron (which can turn whiskey green in the barrel). Their grain is purchased from small-farm cooperatives; they also are proud of using their own yeast. The whiskey is fermented in cypress wood tanks as opposed to stainless steel, again to reduce the taste of impurities in the final product.
Maker's #46 bourbon is a newer expression--first released in the summer of 2010--that experiences an additional aging with some "toasted oak staves."
Maker's claims to have tried over 125 different experiments to create the 46. It is the first "new thing" coming from the distillery and made in response to consumers trying and liking rye whiskey. The goal was to create a "woodier nose" and a much longer finish. The French oak used for the staves in the aging are themselves seasoned and aged for 18 months before use.
(From the write-up in The Tasting Panel magazine, July, 2010)
See a generally complimentary write-up at The Luxist.
Maker's Mark #46 was declared one of The Best Spirits of 2010 by Anthony Dias Blue of the Tasting Panel Magazine with a 94pt rating. He said the whiskey was "mellow, sensual and seamless with a long rich finish."
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