Excerpt: The 101 proof release might not win over any naysayers of the brand if they weren’t convinced by the Cask Strength release, but for bourbon drinkers curious about a middle-of-the-road proofed Maker’s, the 101 proof is a fun and enjoyable tasting experience.
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Released in 2020, Maker's Mark 101 proof Limited Edition is a throwback to the days of old. A common complaint about Maker's Mark standard expression typically relates to wanting a bit of a bump in richness and proof, so this should be a welcome bottling.
Sweet bakers notes - pastry, dough, sweet confectioners sugar. Lots of rich caramel, honey, some brown sugar. Faint tobacco.
Rests nicely on the palate - plenty rich. Not too hot for the bump in proof. Pretty dessert-y with an abundance of cocoa, caramel, some toffee and creme brulee.
Medium finish packing plenty of caramel, honey and some praline.
For $40, this Limited Edition is welcome, especially for being easy enough to find. The palate and finish are richer than the standard expression, and I'm loving the brown sugar that emanates through each aspect of the dram.
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