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.