Maker's Mark 101 Proof Bourbon Whisky

Maker's Mark 101 Proof Bourbon Whisky

(0.75l, 50.5%)

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Maker's Mark’s signature wheated Bourbon delivered at a powerfully pleasant 50.5% ABV for a limited time.

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 has actually made a special "high proof" version of their signature Straight Bourbon. But that tasty power-dram is usually just available at the distillery. A few years ago they started doing an annual holiday release of this high-test Spirit, and it’s coming around again this year. Maker's Mark 101 Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is the same Maker's Mark we all love with the same wheated mash bill — 70% corn, 16% wheat, and 14% malted barley. And it is aged "around six years" — famously being bottled when ready. The difference is that Maker's Mark 101 is delivered at 101 proof (50.5% ABV). And friends… it makes a difference. A very good difference.
  • Category
  • Style
    Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United States
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Bourbon matures quicker than Scotch due to higher temperatures in American warehouses.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Bronze

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The aroma is deep and sweet with oak spices and a bread pudding note.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Taken neat, the mouth-feel is rich and creamy with a velvet spice, dark caramel, apple, and marmalade.

The finish is really satisfying and approachable with a lingering toffee truffle note.
Ratings & Reviews
This was excellent. My buddy and I did a wheated bourbon blind tasting with: (1) Weller Special Reserve; (2) Weller Antique 107; (3) Markers Mark 101; & (4) Jefferson's Ocean Voyage 22 (wheated mash bill). The ultimate objective was to rate the 4 based on taste (assuming all whiskey is free). Both of us had the EXACT SAME ranking: (1) Makers 101; (2) Weller Antique 107; Weller Special Reserve; and (4) Jefferson's Voyage 22. Makers 101 and Weller Antique 107 were pretty close in flavor profile. However, Maker 101 had a better scent that was easier for me to pick up on than say the Antique 107. ZERO ethanol was picked up in the smell, taste, and finish of Makers 101. Nose: caramel, toasted oak, semi-sweetness; Palate: oak and spice come together at the outset with a slight transition away from the sweetness on the nose. What a wonderful mouthfeel. Creamy and mouth coating. I got a nice hint of pealed apple skin, slight char plus caramel. The marriage of spice, oak, and caramel was awesome! THe finish was also enjoyable with cinnamon, oak, and caramel. Similar to regular makers, but more pronounced and not as thin (though I love regular makers too). For the price, this is really unbeatable. What a great idea to have a Makers Mark less watered down! Flavor certainly increases. Weller 107 is good too, but Makers 101 is better (even if all whiskey was free). I really encourage people to do blind tastings with an objective mindset. Often times people get too caught up in the marketing, supply and demand games, and focus too much on what the experts say. At the end of the day, whiskey drinking is personal to you. Makers 101 gets 10 stars from me! It will be a STAPLE in my collection.
A great addition to the Maker's family. You honestly don't even notice it's 101 proof, so approach with caution. It's got those Maker's sweet cherry notes, just a bit more subdued. Most likely due to the higher proof. I drank this neat. However, a drop of orange bitters and it's a game changer. Enjoy!
Nigh on a perfect bottle
Cannot drink neat. Too hot and ethanol fumes. Use one ice cube and let sit for a minute. Much better and food flavor. I love regular Maker's. Wanted to like this more but didn't.
Deliciously smooth!
Solid pour
Great stuff.
Flavorful pour, better than the basic Makers, great NEAT!
big improvement over the 90 proof..full flavor and good mouth feel.worth the price!
Rich in flavor
Extremely good version of the original Makers
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