honey
orange zest
charred
zesty
grain
caramel
salty
dried fruit
oak
Spiral Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon

Maker's Mark
Cask Strength Bourbon
Reviews and Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm bronze

Nose / Aroma / Smell 
Grain, honey, and oranges with a hint of charred wood.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Smooth and rich with orange zest, golden honey, and sea-salt caramels.

Finish 
Long and soft.
Price:
$42.99
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Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon is adored for its honey, orange zest, charred and zesty flavor notes.

This Bourbon is carefully distilled at Maker’s Mark distillery, United States.

Based on 739 votes, the average rating for Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon is 7.6/10.

Top reviews for Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon:

— 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.

— Total Quality, great bourbon. I like to cook with it and sip at the same time.

— Love the smoothness of Makers and the slight hint of vanilla
  • Category
  • Style
    Bourbon
  • Region
    Kentucky
  • Country
    United States
  • Alcohol
    56.6%
  • Distillery
  • Age
    NAS

Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon

(0.75l, 56.6%)


7.6/10
Ratings & Reviews
Member Reviews and Ratings of Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon
Greg
Greg,
Best Maker's I've ever had. Tastes a lot like the regular Maker's, but better at the higher Proof point.
 
COLIN
COLIN,
Excellent wheated bourbon.
 
Frank
Frank,
My daily pour
 
Patrick
Patrick,
In my opinion, kind of harsh. I poured a couple of shots and added cubed ice. My wife sat next to me and, when I spoke, “Whew!! I’m glad I didn’t strike a match!” Lol! Good flavor, though and mixes well.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
A good whiskey for many uses.
 
David
David,
Nice, perfect for mixing, too harsh for shots
 
mike
mike,
Average
 
Scott
Scott,
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.
 
Benjamin
Benjamin,
Love it
 
Erik
Erik,
Nice citrus/honey notes.
 
Chris
Chris,
Good everyday bourbon. not as smooth as I like
 
Elliot
Elliot,
It has a very nice taste of oak, but it does lack some refinement.
 
Zachary
Zachary,
Spicy. Caramel.
 
Achilles
Achilles,
Unmistakable taste. The classic bourbon in my opinion. Never lets me down.
 
Dave
Dave,
Little too strong for my taste. Rare time I would rather have the basic over smaller batch
 
Christopher
Christopher,
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.
 
Nicholas
Nicholas,
Like it. Very bold but consistent and reliable.
 
Mike
Mike,
Total Quality, great bourbon. I like to cook with it and sip at the same time.
 
James
James,
I like it.
 
Kathleen
Kathleen,
Love the smoothness of Makers and the slight hint of vanilla
 
Titus
Titus,
Love the smooth feel
 
Jacquelyn
Jacquelyn,
Easy Drinking go to.
 
Brian
Brian,
Go to drink mixed with 7 up
 
Alan
Alan,
Smooth and flavorful.
 
Adam
Adam,
Great flavor, a tad overpowering but I kinda expected that. Clear ice mellows it just right and it’s a good Wheated drink!
 
Mike
Mike,
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.
 
Derrell
Derrell,
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.
 
Christina
Christina,
Slightly peaty
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Good sipping whiskey with an enjoyable bite
 
Tracey
Tracey,
Well worth the money. The differences between neat, on rocks and a splash of H2O is amazing
 
Glenn
Glenn,
I have only tried as a hotty tatty and it is good.
 
Wendy
Wendy,
Makes the best Manhattan
 
Todd
Todd,
Good whiskey at a good price
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
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.
 
Andy
Andy,
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.
 
Chuck
Chuck,
This is my favorite so far.
 
Brian
Brian,
A dry whisky that is smooth with a long aftertaste
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Cherry upfront then hits you with spice and Carmel.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
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.
 
Becky
Becky,
Baby's first bourbon
 
Michael
Michael,
My go to when I’m out. A bit too much bite to have on a regular basis if other options but always delivers!
 
THOMAS
THOMAS,
I like the overall mix and. Less smooth then others but good punch.
 
Alex
Alex,
Great bourbon, but less smooth than other high proof bourbons I've had. Lots of smoke
 
Steve
Steve,
The char in the finish lasts forever. The high alcohol content hit my taste buds quick.
 
Josh
Josh,
It is fine. NOthing special.
 
Allen
Allen,
Smooth and easy drinking, would expect nothing less from Makers
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Very Smooth , easy to drink!!
 
john
john,
Love the taste
 
George
George,
My go to when ordering a mid grade whiskey sour. Goes down smooth on it's own.
 
guest
guest,
Well worth it
 
Charles
Charles,
Light on the pallet, no bullish taste or flavor
 
Mary
Mary,
Wouldn’t drink on its own but mix in Manhattan
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Caramel aromas and not too rough going down
 
George
George,
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.
 
Melissa
Melissa,
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.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
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.
 
Lorenzo
Lorenzo,
Good Bourbon...better with an ice cube to bring the heat down, but finishes smooth. Love the vanilla notes!
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Flavorful with a strong kick at the end
 
guest
guest,
Ok
 
KC
KC,
A little more refined Makers. A splash of limestone water makes it much more enjoyable.
 
Jim
Jim,
awesome
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Strong forward sweet bourbon taste followed by strong kick
 
Kristopher
Kristopher,
Leaves a very distinct aftertaste but it’s smooth and a great “cheap fancy go-to.”
 
Owen
Owen,
Not my favorite but it wasn’t bad
 
Grant
Grant,
Great smooth taste. My go to adult beverage
 
Taylor
Taylor,
Great party favorite
 
Chad
Chad,
Overall quite tasty! Definitely a step up from the regular Maker’s. I still have a preference for Weller Antique 107
 
Byron
Byron,
As a single malt drinker, I often don’t enjoy bourbons but I do like this one. Quite drinkable.
 
Michele
Michele,
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.
 
Kyle
Kyle,
Probably my favorite drink is a Bourbon Salted Caramel Milkshake made with Makers Mark. I enjoy Makers Mark by itself too though
 
Salvator
Salvator,
The best. Combination of flavor and value. Other bourbons taste great but most of them cost more.
 
Harry
Harry,
I like it!
 
Andrew
Andrew,
My favorite bourbon. I take it near or mixed with ginger ale
 
Dale
Dale,
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.
 
Ron
Ron,
Great sipping bourbon, neat.
 
Jason
Jason,
Great cocktail bourbon. Sweet molasses and vanilla notes. Goes well with Coca Cola.
 
J
J,
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.
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Much like the classic Maker's, but with a more intense wood flavor, and a little less bite. Very good upgrade from the classic.
 
Sean
Sean,
Nice flavor.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Amazing flavor. Just the right amount of burn!
 
Maxwell
Maxwell,
I just didn’t really care for it
 
guest
guest,
Love it!
 
Ben
Ben,
Loved every flavor. A bit strong on the after bite.
 
Keith
Keith,
Smooth, better straight than on the rocks.
 
David
David,
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.
 
Justin
Justin,
Needs an ice cube, opens it up
 
Anthony
Anthony,
Strong but flavorful. A little overpowering. Better cask strengths available.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
One of my favorites, I prefer it neat usually.
 
Robert
Robert,
good mixer / sometimes enjoy on the rocks
 
Brandon
Brandon,
My favorite whisky
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Very smooth, drinkable bourbon. Great to have around for all occasions.
 
Richard
Richard,
Pure
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Love this simple whiskey to get a good night going.
 
Michele
Michele,
Good taste but, hot. It's got an afterburner with and excellent buzz.
 
Brandon
Brandon,
Great
 
guest
guest,
Awesome
 
Walter
Walter,
Loved the taste and the smooth finish
 
Russ
Russ,
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.
 
John
John,
Just didn’t care for it
 
Matt
Matt,
Sweet honey and caramel caress your palate leaving you warmed to the core and ready for the evening!
 
Jon
Jon,
This is one of my favorites! You get the strong spice without the burn at the end.
 
Chad
Chad,
Still my favorite since 2014!
 
Lynn
Lynn,
Wow in your face. Very pleasant finish.
 
Neil
Neil,
My go to.
 
Lynn
Lynn,
Not for the weak of heart. Full flavor
 
Chris
Chris,
Decent bourbon. More of a mixer for me.
 
Juan
Juan,
Smooth.
 
Michael
Michael,
Not as smooth as Tin Cup for whiskey, more bite, less caramel
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Great taste. No bite. Paired with a cigar, it's exquisite!!
 
James
James,
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.
 
Darryl
Darryl,
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!
 
Chelsea
Chelsea,
One of my favorites to drink straight over ice
 
Heather
Heather,
This is one of my favorites, it’s a great sipping whiskey
 
James
James,
Every day drinker
 
guest
guest,
Great sipping, and mixing bourbon!! Definitely my go to bourbon for all my drink needs.
 
Mark
Mark,
Like it
 
luke
luke,
VERY TASTY !!!!
 
John
John,
It’s Makers Mark, with a little extra. That’s all that needs to be said. It’s great!
 
Giovanni
Giovanni,
Sweet and smooth with a little bit of a bite at the end.
 
Brian
Brian,
Love this one. Its my "go to" for sipping when Im having a cigar.
 
Ken
Ken,
Heady flavor. Maker’s Mark taken up a notch
 
Edward
Edward,
Zesty goodness!
 
guest
guest,
Love it
 
guest
guest,
Just about perfect balance of sharpness and smoothness.
 
guest
guest,
Not worth the money for the price
 
Blake
Blake,
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.
 
Bret
Bret,
Great sipping neat out of a glass. Strong, but still really smooth. Good slightly sweet and spicey finish. Well worth putting in your bar!
 
Lonnie
Lonnie,
Excellent
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Solid and easy staple. Great for people who aren't normally whiskey straight drinkers who want to try it out.
 
Shawn
Shawn,
Sweet and smoothie.
 
Jon
Jon,
Great for sipping
 
Ryan
Ryan,
Strong and flavorful bourbon.
 
Eric
Eric,
Delicious smoky bite but smooth, it's a perfect balance to some carbonated soda.
 
Rick
Rick,
It's ok, too harsh to drink by its self. I like it mixed with juice.
 
Kirk
Kirk,
Harsh without much character.
 
Tom
Tom,
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.
 
Jeffrey
Jeffrey,
Very smooth, subtle, great with a glazed cigar
 
Sean
Sean,
It's right there with black label for a nightcap
 
guest
guest,
Not my taste. Too strong on the nose and nothing special
 
Sebastian
Sebastian,
You want to feel the rage? Smooth, very smooth for such a strong proof.
 
Staley
Staley,
Very smooth but with a bite
 
Daniel
Daniel,
One of my favorites
 
guest
guest,
Smooth finish. Great taste. Award winner!
 
james
james,
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 .
 
Leo
Leo,
Too "buttery" tasting for me
 
Will
Will,
I like it I got it wen I was at the maker mark place. So good. I got to dip it in the wax.
 
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