The first line extension to the Maker's Mark range since the '50s, Maker's 46 is essentially the standard expression with added spice. This was not intended to compete with the core expression, instead it's a cousin to it, something different for those that like spicy bourbon. They add this extra dimension by inserted seared French oak staves into the barrels (with the stave profile "number 46" - thus the name). It's utterly stunning.
Spicy, drying. Oak tannins. Big attack, but still able to be enjoyed neat. Leather? Sweetness under the hood. A very pleasant sipper.
Makers Mark but even better.
Tasty and spicy with a smooth finish.
So good. Oak flavor is spot on
One of my go to bourbons after a stressful day. Very nice flavors of vanilla and very smooth. In my opinion it’s way better than the original Makers mark
Surprises with sweet caramel and light honey. Also has notes of sweet smoke and is a little bit warming. The finish is surprisingly smooth. Drinks like a brandy, but the bourbon attributes do show through.
On October 1, 1953, William Samuels Sr. purchased Burks Distillery, which was situated in Loretto, Kentucky, for $35,000. Five years later, the distillery released the first bottles of Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whisky, which featured the distillery’s distinctive red wax seal. The distillery was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974 and was listed as a National Historic Landmark in 1980.
Made from a mash of corn, wheat, and malted barley, Maker’s bourbon is aged in limestone cellars and handcrafted in small batches. They are one of the few distilleries that rotate their barrels from the upper to the lower levels of the aging warehouses during the aging process. This ensures that the barrels get equal treatment, evening out the differences in temperature fluctuation that occurs during the maturation process.
This is the first new Makers Mark recipe in at least five decades. Maker’s 46 is Maker’s Mark with a French Twist. A full-fledged Maker’s Mark, aged for an extended period in seared French oak staves. The staves were sourced from the Independent Stave Company, who experimented with 10 virgin French oak staves, testing several different levels of sear to caramelize the wood sugars and seal in the bitter tannins of the oak. The final staves, labeled “Profile 46,” were then added to the barrels of original Maker’s Mark, and aged in Maker’s limestone bourbon cellars. The French oak staves create a smoother, bolder, more complex flavor profile, imparting more spice, sweetness, and vanilla onto the spirit.
Smooth. But can’t taste much of a difference from the original
Sweet and smooth with spice and oak. It was a bit warm on the finish but at 92 proof, that's kind of expected I suppose.
I didn't love it, but didn't hate it either. Neat wouldn't be my preference for this one since nearly all I got out of it was leather and a taste I can't really identify with spice on the tail-end. On the rocks was an improvement for me bringing out some vanilla and mellowing the spice finish. A splash of club soda brought back the leather and introduced a bit of woodiness. Not a bad drinker.
Loved the oak character
I found it very smooth but lacking character
A sweet yet spicy bourbon
Step up from regular MM. spicy notes upfront and a long finish of wood from the extra aging. This brings me home to sitting next to the fire on a cold night watching TV. Just warm and smooth
Strong caramel to the nose, but not fulfilled on the tongue. Very mild, great for my pocket sipping flask.
Very smooth.. almost to smooth.. so subtle that it needs nothing. No ice, no water.. just smooth.. I prefer a little more kick or flavor.. but smooth.. no bite
Smoother than the original Maker's Mark, with hints of caramel aftertaste. Enjoyed it over ice.
It’s good. I guess prefer the original.
Great step up to Makers daily
spicy and vanilla sweetness with great oak
Remarkably smoother and sweeter than makers.
Fantastic bourbon. A bit more flavor that regular Maker’s. I always keep this one stocked in my home bar.
Solid one that you can find everywhere.
Good for cocktails. Subpar neat.
Cheap, good toffee bourbon
The 46 brings a floral nose with vanilla and toffee and hints of caramel. If I wasn't so eager for a taste, I could sit and smell this all day, and the longer I do the more pronounced the charred oak. There is not much of a mouth coat, but the feeling is oily and smooth. A sweet sip that's nice to savor with a bit of spice on the way down. The finish is quick which means another sweet sip comes just as quick.
My favorite inexpensive Whiskey. Smoother and more interesting than regular Maker's Mark. Same flavor style.
One of my favorite inexpensive Whiskeys
Caramel, vanilla and oak.
initial syrup sweetness with notes of carmel and cherry. quickly transitioning into a slightly thin and dry finish with notes of oak, cinnamon, and pepper.
Really came alive with a single ice cube. A beautiful caramel and vanilla nose.
Great taste. Not over bearing
Great bourbon. A little smoother than the normal Maker’s.
Smooth, opens up over a cube of ice. Caramel color and taste.
Not a huge fan of hotter bourbon generally, but this one is good for cocktails! It holds up nicely in water and ice.
Cut my teeth tasting Makers 46.
Love the spicy side of this bourbon. One of my favorites
Great upgrade to my all time classic love, Maker's Mark. Has nice additional complexity and flavor. For a real treat get your hands on some Maker's Special Reserve.
My favorite “go to” bourbon.
Mellow smooth unassuming bourbon. Fair for sipping or making an outstanding old fashion or Sazerac.
there is something about I just can’t get over it. great for mixing but straight up it’s just a little offensive.
Very nice. Much richer flavor than standard Maker's
This might be my new favorite to sip. Just the right amount of burn and sweetness. Smells great. I’m a big fan.
Great, hint of oak but not harsh
Smooth carmel, ash taste!
Always live this one. Back in another bottle. Citrusy, oaky and sweet. I love it straight and also in a Manhattan. Taste a little spicey with caramel and honey at the end. I like the linger, it has a great finish.
Not a bad lower priced bourbon. I like it for simple vacations or heading out in my travel trailer.
Great taste and very smooth. Good straight or on ice.
Delicious bourbon. Great stuff!
Not as smooth as I'd hoped for. I've had cheaper bourbon that tasted better (see Benchmark Bourbon).
A step up from your average everyday whiskey
Makers can’t go wrong
I always drink whiskey with ice, so for me the caramel and leather with hints of oak and tobacco were great with this after it sat a few minutes. Buttery on the scent with some vanilla hints. Overall great bottle.
Price is going down and I love the flavor of this wheated bourbon. The finish is great. One of my g0-tos.
Pounces on your taste buds and doesn't let go.
Are we sure this isn't rye?? I'm joking of course, but damn is this spicy like a solid rye - much more bite than the original Maker's Mark, but not in a bad way - it's damn smooth as well (and more so than the original in my opinion). I love that spice on the tongue and warm bourbon vanilla finish left lingering on the lips and in the cheeks. A great party drink for lovers of neat Bourbon & Rye alike - I'll even throw it in a stronger Old Fashioned with a bit of muddled orange zest for my dearest friends to experience that Seville Orange spice blend up front. Makes for a long sipping and greatly enjoyed experience.
Good, prefer the regular Maker's Mark.
Picked up a bottle from the distillery and saved it for a special occasion. Very enjoyable profile and finished taste.
Excellent. Smooth. Enjoyable.
Bought on a whim. Wasn’t disappointed for the price.
My go-to, favorite bourbon. Slightly sweet, light oak, and pairs well with orange, all of which, makes it perfect for a bourbon and coca cola (real sugar) or an old fashioned.
Very smooth and easy to drink. Not very complex but good daily drinker
Very smooth with dark color. Notes of caramel and molasses. Rich flavor.
Good I suppose compared to many - but I was disappointed it was harsh compared to my favorite (Stranahan's Diamond Peak).
I love 46, the nice Carmel and vanilla notes really make this one a nice sipper.
Delicious for the price. A bit of a kick at first taste and smooth down the throat.
It's my go to for most parties.
Mild - medium smooth with a bite
Smooth finish. Love the taste. Much better than knob creek or regular makers
This was fantastic.
Solid sweet and what Bourbon should be. As a Kentuckian it tastes like home
Cinnamon and and cedar up front with an unmistakable chocolatey finish
I loved it! I've been wanting to try this for years and finally went to the distillery and tried it, well worth the wait!
One of my all time favorite bourbons easily! Everything I like in a bourbon. Carmel, charcoal, wood sugars, corn spirit, and quiet a nice aroma.