Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey Review

A Wheated Bourbon Whiskey From the Heart of Kentucky

Maker's Mark
That familiar dripping red wax signifies that you have a bottle of Maker's Mark in front of you. Norio.NAKAYAMA/Flickr/CC BY-SA 2.0

Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey is one of America's most iconic brands of whiskey. Famous for its red wax-dipped bottles and sweet flavor profile, Maker's Mark was also known for producing just one style of whiskey (it recently introduced a second extension to its line, the brilliant Makers Mark 46).

Opting for red winter wheat rather than rye in the mashbill, the soft, rich sweetness of Maker's Mark has made it one of the most popular bourbons in the world.

Whether you taste it at the Maker's visitors center in Loretto, Kentucky or your local restaurant, you will always remember your first taste of Maker's.

The Review of Maker's Mark

On the Nose

Maker's Mark offers up warm aromas of rich soft caramels, a touch of Missouri oak and vanilla bundt cake. Hints of honey and just a touch of fruitiness are detectable as well. Perhaps apple pie? And there is just the slightest hint of cedar shingle hidden below.

The Body and Palate

If any bourbon has the perfect mouthfeel, Maker's Mark is it. This is a light sweet whiskey that caresses and teases the palate. Too thin and this whiskey would feel watery, too full-bodied and it would lose its elegance. Maker's Mark has the perfect body for the flavor profile it offers.

On the palate, Maker's offers a sure solution to anyone suffering from a sweet-tooth. Creme brulee dominates, with huge caramel and vanilla notes on the forefront before giving way to soft notes of burnt sugar and molasses at the end.

The Finish

On the finish, Maker's offers more warm notes of fresh baked molasses cookies, apple pie spice, vanilla and caramel. The finish is a bit of a tease, ending quicker than you'd like but tempting you with the smorgasbord of flavors that dance over the palate.

Final Thoughts

If you haven't tried Maker's Mark, you're missing out on one of the finest and most iconic bourbons in the world.

Maker's is a classic wheat bourbon and one every bourbon enthusiast should be familiar with.

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About Maker's Mark Bourbon Whiskey

  • Kentucky straight bourbon whiskey distilled from corn, red winter wheat, and malted barley. Aged "until it's ready" (6 to 7 1/2 years) in new charred American oak barrels.
  • Produced by Maker's Mark of Loretto, Kentucky
  • 45% alcohol/volume (90 proof)
  • Retails for around $30/750ml bottle
  • Visit Their Website

Originally Published: July 14, 2010
Edited by Colleen Graham: October 16, 2015

Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer. For more information, please see our Ethics Policy.