The Maker’s Mark Bourbon that started it all and still stands tall today.
The original “Burk’s Distillery” was built in 1885 just outside of Loretto, Kentucky. T. William “Bill” Samuels bought the operation in 1953 for $35,000. Samuels wanted to make quality, so he used the sales of the existing stockpiles to finance a revamp. The first bottle of the new flagship brand “Makers Mark” was bottled in 1958 and dipped into the red sealing wax that has become the company’s trademark — making them one of the first to carve out a space in what we now call the “premium Bourbon” market. Currently owned by Beam-Suntory, members of the Samuels family still work at the company.
Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon is THE signature Whisky of Maker’s Mark. And while the oh-so-trendy crowd dabbles in spice-bombs, this dram is designed to be smooth. And that starts with a wheated mash bill (no rye) using soft red winter wheat. The barrels are rotated by hand in the warehouse on a regular schedule and — as hey say — aged “to taste, not time.” It’s even bottled to 45% ABV on site and dipped into their famous red sealing wax which is left to drip down the sides, making it one of the most recognized brands of premium Bourbon.
My daily drinker, if anything I’ll always come back to it. Very spicy but smooth and flavorful.
Eh. Would drink if nothing else is available at the bar, and there isn't a decent IPA on tap instead.
A trusty go to entry level whisky
Good go to
Very drinkable. Straight or mixed it isn’t overpowering but tastes great
My go to in college and at bars, cheap and full-bodied.
Favorite bourbon for mixed drinks.
Standard bar choice
My go to bourbon when I’m looking for something to drink straight.
One of my favourites so far. A pefect proof, that good quality doesn‘t have to be hyper-expensive. In my opinion a must have for every home bar. You can‘t go wrong with this one (at least dor that price!)
Maker's Mark is often described as a good introductory bourbon owing to the sweet and smooth profile provided by the wheat in the mash bill, as opposed to rye. I've somehow managed to make it pretty far into my bourbon experience without trying this label, but fashionably late has always been my style.
The nose is nice with vanilla, caramel, and slight brown sugar, but that is all buried under a pretty solid layer of ethanol. I let it breathe for a few more minutes after my first few whiffs to see how the aroma would change as some of the alcohol dissipated. The second run had less alcohol with the other flavors heightened and the addition of oak underneath it all. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, thanks to the wheat. A sweet sip with the vanilla and caramel continuing, the charred oak becomes bolder and is accompanied by corn sweetness and butterscotch. The finish has a slight peppery heat and ends fairly quick. What does linger is leather and brown sugar, but neither is there for very long. Maker's Mark is good enough that it has certainly earned its reputation and definitely belongs on the list of good introductory bourbons. For the price, I prefer Larceny as my wheated everyday sipper, but Maker's tastes good enough and has the versatility to remain on my shelf permanently.
Mentor of mine told me bourbon was to be enjoyed. Not mixed or shot. This was his favorite and one of mine also. Smooth and hard to beat.
Solid everyday drinker. Prefer in a Manhattan.
Nice Bourbon, strong, a little bit, fine flavor
My go to budget burbon.
A decent go-to. Reasonably priced and drinkable.
My go to Whiskey. A great clean taste on ice.
Modest price for modest spirit . Fairly one noted compared to others in price range. Typical caramel and oak. Short on length
Sweet, spicy with a bit of a sweet aftertaste. Good for the price. I think it’s a better mixer than sipper. Classic but not impressive.
Great neat or as a mixer. Very solid.
Great bourbon. My go to, and it is always tasty.
A great go-to for a mixed cocktail
Good for the price
Good standard bourbon. Good for mixing.
solid whiskey for making cocktails
Go to bourbon in a pinch
My all time classic choice. The definition of Kentucky Bourbon to me...
Strong and bold
Nose: vanilla, spice
Taste: vanilla and sweet, lots of oak, cream, brown sugar, fair amount of burn, oaky finish
Love the flavor and is a good choice to sip on.
My go to! I love it
My favorite budget bourbon.
Smooth and easy to drink.
My go-to-bourbon. Not too sweet. Best served with one rock or in a Manhattan.
Better than average but could up the 1st impression with a cork top, not screw on
Not my style.
Love it. Too inexperienced to say why - it's smooth, and just tastes great.
Maker's is my at-home staple, my general go-to.
Smooth start. Lovely taste. No bite. Sweet finish.
Keeps company with Jack Daniels, Wild Turkey, and Jim Beam in being the most available bottle at any average grocery, gas station, or bar well. Literally made to be easy drinking and easy mixing, and lives up to its purpose. Not super complex, tons of sweet notes, but mostly you'll probably be drinking it mixed with other things, so it's charm is in it's lack of notability. A bit better than it's retail peers when taken alone or on ice.
Good to drink all night.
Better on rocks. Sweet and spicy.
I am trying to dial in my flavor profile for what I like most. I wanted something with low Rye content but this still has a lot of spice for my preference. I like the brown sugar early but not a fan of the bitter late. Good, but not “The One”...
Not bad. I like to use this to make cocktails like old fashioneds.
Maker's Marks is the go-to for any mixed drink like a Manhattan. It has also won blind taste tests here at home. Great value.
Very little flavor and way too strong of a bit in the finish with very little reward in the nose, palate, or finish.
Very new to rating spirits. Enjoy Maker's Mark but hoping to find better and better as I refine my tastes.
If my standard weekday whiskey wasn’t Eagle Rare, I’d give it to Makers. It’s a solid weekday drink. Good flavor and will get the job done.
Great bourbon for the buy, and definitely creates a place on the shelf being wheated.
I like to simply mix with coke and it’s perfect!
Not a fan - good in a cocktail but on it’s own the finish is sour/bitter You can find better options
Has alot of bite to it. Not my favorite, but has more dimension than Jack Daniels.
Haven't tried Maker's Mark in years. Been drinking scotch for 2 years, and delving into the world of whisky for the last few months. Was floored to learn this is one of the world's best selling. May have to give it another go since it's been so long, but for now, just the memory of original Maker's Mark makes me cringe.
Nice bourbon, some vanilla and wheat notes with medium aftertaste
As basic as Maker's is, it's still great every time.
It's been my "go to" for a long time
I enjoy this bourbon but not as much as some others. A good choice.
Great Intro to Bourbon
Excellent "middle ground", widely-available bourbon - just good enough to sip on its own, and just cheap enough to use in mixers. A classic. My "go to" for gifts and basics.
Aromas of sweet almonds, spiciness - almost like evergreen trees (rye?),
Tastes sweet, spicy
Nice finish, long to medium aftertaste - very drinkable, I want to keep going back for another sip
Always like makers straight and mixer
I like it.
I don't know much about it . It's good . Just looking to broaden my horizens
a bit too sweet for my taste
MY GO TO FOR BOTH MIXING (OLD FASHION) OR FOR SIPPING ON THE ROCKS
Best value in bourbon right here. I’d take Russell’s Reserve over this in a snap if this were not $10 cheaper. This is sweet, smooth, and consistent. Perfect on the rocks.
great for price point, mild-medium and smooth
This is a Founders bottle, label has founders picture and says specially made for you
Its good, one of the go to whiskey/bourbon
Maker's Mark has a bitter sweet birth of oak, caramel & vanilla; a life of honeyed fruit that leads to a sweet death of nuts & toffee.
This is my goto bourbon. I like the smooth flavor and rich wheat tones.
Mandarin start with a subtle tobacco flavor. Finish is smooth caramel
Very smooth - good value
Less spicy than other bourbons but has a heavier finish. Bulleit tastes better and costs less
Very tasteful for the money!
Хороший такой середнячок. Всё на месте без перегибов.
Go to favorite
Go to Bourbon! Not only is it delicious but the company in general is great.
Favorite low-price bourbon
My favorite every occasion bourbon. Smooth on the pallet with little burn. Great taste as a cocktail or on the rocks by itself.
Love the stuff
Still trying to find a bourbon as a go to for social situation. I like the sweetness of this one, and I like it with one cube of ice.
A staple on any bourbon drinkers shelf.
неплохо. Сладковат. Ваниль. Карамель.
I love it, it's my go to any day!
Absolutely love this
Makers is a nice middle of the road whiskey.
Kokuda meşe, vanilya, tatlı.
İçim yumuşak, taze Fındık, vanilya, meşe, tatlı şurup
Yüksek alkolüne rağmen tatlı, yumuşak içimli.