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 at cask strength of 108-114 proof. ABV may vary.
Smooth with just enough bite to remind you that you're drinking whiskey. Excellent on its own but also good as a whiskey-prominent mixed drink, such as an old fashioned or Manhattan.
Nice citrus/honey notes.
Good everyday bourbon. not as smooth as I like
It has a very nice taste of oak, but it does lack some refinement.
Unmistakable taste. The classic bourbon in my opinion. Never lets me down.
Little too strong for my taste. Rare time I would rather have the basic over smaller batch
I have a bottle on hand at all times. Generally, 113 proof would just tear me apart. This is surprisingly smooth straight or on the rocks. Still a little sweet, though.
Like it. Very bold but consistent and reliable.
Total Quality, great bourbon. I like to cook with it and sip at the same time.
I like it.
Love the smoothness of Makers and the slight hint of vanilla
Love the smooth feel
Easy Drinking go to.
Go to drink mixed with 7 up
Smooth and flavorful.
Great flavor, a tad overpowering but I kinda expected that. Clear ice mellows it just right and it’s a good Wheated drink!
On the nose there is some vanilla sweetness, but it is overwhelmed by the alcohol. On the palate it there is a little sweetness coming through before the alcohol burn washed it away. The finish was fairly rapid. Too hot for me without an ice cube or water.
this was my second cask strength bourbon (the first being Old Granddad's 114). i thought the power of the cask strength took away from flavor notes. the strength hits you up front, and when you are not use to it it can take away from the notes. 114 by comparison has all the notes upfront and the strength in the back end.
Good sipping whiskey with an enjoyable bite
Well worth the money. The differences between neat, on rocks and a splash of H2O is amazing
I have only tried as a hotty tatty and it is good.
Makes the best Manhattan
Good whiskey at a good price
The tasting spiral and tasting notes Flaviar has listed are spot on. Not sure the cask strength is bringing a whole bunch more flavor compounds to my life though. It just tastes hotter with more ethanol. This is why I’m rating it 7 stars — you pay more but you’re just gonna end up proofing it down to run-of-the-mill Maker’s anyway.
The most classic entrant to "nice whiskey" when you're not buying bottom barrel stuff. It's smooth, looks cool with the wax, and mixes well for a cocktail.
This is my favorite so far.
A dry whisky that is smooth with a long aftertaste
Cherry upfront then hits you with spice and Carmel.
Rose and cherry flavors on the palate with notes of vanilla and something bordering on butterscotch, touch of wheat, cinnamon, and more cherry on the finish with a lasting medium tail.
Bill Samuels, Sr.'s quest to create Maker's Mark began with his only copy of the family's trusted, 170-year-old recipe. The one the sixth-generation distiller promptly set on fire, of course. After accidentally burning a set of drapes in the process, Bill experimented with different flavoring grains, searching for a mash bill all his own. To save years of aging time, Bill baked several loaves of bread with various grain combinations instead of distilling them. His quick thinking not only saved time but also led him to swap out the traditional rye grain that is commonly used in bourbons, for soft, red winter wheat. This replaced the hot bite of rye with the delicate sweetness that Maker's is known for today. The flavor of Maker's Mark stood out from the crowd, so co-founder Margie Samuels wanted to ensure the bottle did the same on store shelves. It’s said that Margie is the reason most folks buy their first bottle of Maker's Mark and Bill is the reason they buy their second. The shape of the bottle, look of the label, signature red wax topper and even the name itself are all thanks to Margie. The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Famer (the first woman involved with a distillery to be inducted, by the way) hand-dipped the first bottles in her kitchen using a home fryer to melt the wax. Margie's fried chicken was never quite the same, and neither was the whisky business. Under the auspices of Robert Samuels (William’s son), Maker’s Mark Distillery announced the release of a cask strength bourbon in 2014. Made from a mash of corn, wheat and malted barley, the bourbon was aged for approximately six years before being bottled at cask strength.
Baby's first bourbon
My go to when I’m out. A bit too much bite to have on a regular basis if other options but always delivers!
I like the overall mix and. Less smooth then others but good punch.
Great bourbon, but less smooth than other high proof bourbons I've had. Lots of smoke
The char in the finish lasts forever. The high alcohol content hit my taste buds quick.
It is fine. NOthing special.
Smooth and easy drinking, would expect nothing less from Makers
Very Smooth , easy to drink!!
Love the taste
My go to when ordering a mid grade whiskey sour. Goes down smooth on it's own.
Well worth it
Light on the pallet, no bullish taste or flavor
Wouldn’t drink on its own but mix in Manhattan
Caramel aromas and not too rough going down
When I'm in the mood for a strong flavored American whiskey this one fits the bill. Shooters and mixed drinks are awesome with this brand.
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.