It’s still your favorite premium Bourbon, but cranked up to full volume.
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 Bourbons are famous for being bottled to taste — which is why there is no age statement on the label. But the general consensus is that this premium Bourbon averages six years in the barrel. Maker's Mark Cask Strength is their same “no Rye” premium Bourbon. But where the core spirit is cut to 45% ABV, the cask strength jumps into the bottle — unfiltered and uncut — at cask strength. You are still listening to your favorite rock band, but instead of watching from the balcony, it’s like having a front row seat.
*Maker's Mark Cask Strenght Bourbon is bottled from the barrel to bottle at 108-114 proof. ABV may vary.
For being cast strength it is amazingly drinkable straight. Better than weller 107 in a local side by side comparison. This is a hidden gem.
Color is dark Amber, almost bronze. Nose is initially heavy on the ethanol. Given time to rest, the nose reveals fresh cut wheat, honey, oak, and slight hints of citrus. First sip shows some ethanol heat mixed with honey. Mouthfeel is moderate, not thick but definitely not thin. After the initial proof onslaught, notes of honey, vanilla, and wheat show with each sip, while a slight hint of citrus lingers in the background. The finish is a pleasant hint of heat and a mild drying of the tongue. Overall a good amount of flavor and a solid value.
Good Bourbon...better with an ice cube to bring the heat down, but finishes smooth. Love the vanilla notes!
Flavorful with a strong kick at the end
A little more refined Makers. A splash of limestone water makes it much more enjoyable.
Strong forward sweet bourbon taste followed by strong kick
Leaves a very distinct aftertaste but it’s smooth and a great “cheap fancy go-to.”
Not my favorite but it wasn’t bad
Great smooth taste. My go to adult beverage
Great party favorite
Overall quite tasty! Definitely a step up from the regular Maker’s. I still have a preference for Weller Antique 107
As a single malt drinker, I often don’t enjoy bourbons but I do like this one. Quite drinkable.
I liked it however it's very " hot ", I recommend to drink it chilled or over ice. I normally use stainless steel ice cubes for my whiskey because I do not like to dilute it but this drink could use a little dilution.
Probably my favorite drink is a Bourbon Salted Caramel Milkshake made with Makers Mark. I enjoy Makers Mark by itself too though
The best. Combination of flavor and value. Other bourbons taste great but most of them cost more.
I like it!
My favorite bourbon. I take it near or mixed with ginger ale
Lightly sweet at the uptake, aromatics invade the sinuses, do to the high alcohol content. The oaky char lays on the tongue long after the last sip is had.
Great sipping bourbon, neat.
Great cocktail bourbon. Sweet molasses and vanilla notes. Goes well with Coca Cola.
Certainly can feel the extra kick. The honey flavor is really nice on the finish. Not too much burn. I like this more than the original, but maybe a little less than the 46. Anything Makers Mark is really solid.
Much like the classic Maker's, but with a more intense wood flavor, and a little less bite. Very good upgrade from the classic.
Amazing flavor. Just the right amount of burn!
I just didn’t really care for it
Loved every flavor. A bit strong on the after bite.
Smooth, better straight than on the rocks.
A wonderful step forward from the original Maker's. Not as sweet, but much more aromatic on the nose and with a smooth and soft finish. I believe it is a little more complex than people give it credit for.
Needs an ice cube, opens it up
Strong but flavorful. A little overpowering. Better cask strengths available.
One of my favorites, I prefer it neat usually.
good mixer / sometimes enjoy on the rocks
My favorite whisky
Very smooth, drinkable bourbon. Great to have around for all occasions.
Love this simple whiskey to get a good night going.
Good taste but, hot. It's got an afterburner with and excellent buzz.
Loved the taste and the smooth finish
A decent whisky. Relatively smooth for a bourbon, easy drinkability over ice or with a splash of spring water. Used to be my go to whisky.
Just didn’t care for it
Sweet honey and caramel caress your palate leaving you warmed to the core and ready for the evening!
This is one of my favorites! You get the strong spice without the burn at the end.
Still my favorite since 2014!
Wow in your face. Very pleasant finish.
My go to.
Not for the weak of heart. Full flavor
Decent bourbon. More of a mixer for me.
Not as smooth as Tin Cup for whiskey, more bite, less caramel
Great taste. No bite. Paired with a cigar, it's exquisite!!
Makers is always one of my favorite goto bottles. The cask strength never fails. It has a slightly aggressive bite until you are used to it. The finish is smooth compared to the 4 roses cask strength. I think this is one of the best values in the market for taste and appeal.
Makers Mark is the best bourbon for the price! It has a Carmel scent and I love sniffing it before I drink it neat. It mixes well in a Manhattan as well as a Red Hook!
One of my favorites to drink straight over ice
This is one of my favorites, it’s a great sipping whiskey
Every day drinker
Great sipping, and mixing bourbon!! Definitely my go to bourbon for all my drink needs.
VERY TASTY !!!!
It’s Makers Mark, with a little extra. That’s all that needs to be said. It’s great!
Sweet and smooth with a little bit of a bite at the end.
Love this one. Its my "go to" for sipping when Im having a cigar.
Heady flavor. Maker’s Mark taken up a notch
Just about perfect balance of sharpness and smoothness.
Not worth the money for the price
I am a makers fan and the cask strength makes a little go a long way without any negatives. excellent on ice with a splash of water.
Great sipping neat out of a glass. Strong, but still really smooth. Good slightly sweet and spicey finish. Well worth putting in your bar!
Solid and easy staple. Great for people who aren't normally whiskey straight drinkers who want to try it out.
Sweet and smoothie.
Great for sipping
Strong and flavorful bourbon.
Delicious smoky bite but smooth, it's a perfect balance to some carbonated soda.
It's ok, too harsh to drink by its self. I like it mixed with juice.
Harsh without much character.
First the aroma hits you and lets you know you are in for a stiff drink. Let it breathe a little, open it up and this is a smooth drinking - BUT STRONG - bourbon. I added a splash of sweet tea to it and it got even better. Heresy? Maybe, but I suspect any splash of sugar only improves the smooth drinkability.
Very smooth, subtle, great with a glazed cigar
It's right there with black label for a nightcap
Not my taste. Too strong on the nose and nothing special
You want to feel the rage? Smooth, very smooth for such a strong proof.
Very smooth but with a bite
One of my favorites
Smooth finish. Great taste. Award winner!
this is one of my favorites . I tried it in las vegas a couple weeks ago and cant believe I never tried it before now. I have always been a jim beam loyalist but lately ive been trying new things .
Too "buttery" tasting for me
I like it I got it wen I was at the maker mark place. So good. I got to dip it in the wax.