Maker’s 46 Cask Strength Review

This is the cask strength version of the Maker’s 46. For Maker’s 46, they finish their regular maker’s by inserting French oak staves into the barrel where it’s aging. This is currently a distillery only release, but will be released nationwide at some point I believe (much like they did with Maker’s Mark Cask Strength).

Nose: Very muted oddly – some french vanilla, freshly polished oak, and hints of cinnamon, but overall it was rather closed off.

Palate: Becoming much brighter here – an odd case of the palate being better/stronger than the nose for me in a bourbon. Rich oak, powerful wheat with the vanilla pulling through more. Mostly oak dominant all around though.

Finish: Buttery french oak with a burnt vanilla and sweet wheat. Finish is quite good and very long.

Rating: 87/100 – Maker’s 46 in general seems to be a very polarizing whiskey – splitting those that are more sensitive to oak in bourbon than others. I think it add some nice complexity to the regular Maker’s, but it does increase the oak profile quite a bit. Looking back, I enjoyed the Maker’s 46 non-cask strength just a tad bit better it seems as well as the regular Maker’s Mark Cask Strength. I think what really held the 46 CS back for me was the nose unfortunately.

Value for the money:  I’m guessing these will retail for $50-$60 for a 750ml when they are distributed nation-wide, and I’ll pick up a bottle at that price.

Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Review

This is a cask strength expression from Maker’s Mark which has become part of their core range. It’s NAS and bottled at 56.6% ABV.

Nose: Cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, young grain, and a small amount of oak.

Palate: Caramel and barrel char lead the way with vanilla and toffee rounding it out.

Finish: Heat lingers on tip of tongue with oak, brown sugar, and corn remaining.

Rating: 90/100 – Nice to try a cask strength expression from Maker’s.

Value for the money: I think the 750ml bottles retail around $60 which I think is a fair price for what you get.

Maker’s 46 Review

This is part of Maker’s Mark core lineup. It’s a NAS bourbon that is finished in a barrel that contains individual french oak staves and bottled at 47% ABV.

Nose: Heavy oak, slight acetone notes with red grapes, cinnamon, and wheat.

Palate: Delicate wheat and berries up front with oak swooping in shortly afterward. Cinnamon with pepper and vanilla.

Finish: Wheat with chocolate and oak.

Rating: 88/100 – The added French oak staves make this too oaky for some, but I find it adds some nice complexity to the otherwise sweet Maker’s product.

Value for the money: Around me these retail for under $30 which makes this a great buy.