Excerpt: While it’s perhaps less complex than RC6 or some of the Private Selection releases we’ve tried, it’s a delightful bourbon from start to finish, and it never feels overblown, even at full strength.
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Maker's Mark Limited Release 2020 brings us a bourbon that's got quite a story. Matured and then finished in a unique stave profile in collaboration with Independent Stave, in order to really show off a caramel and vanilla profile.
Rich and sweet on the nose, lots of caramel, fudge, toffee, some butter cream and a hint of char. Sweet but not cloying, just enough oak is present to keep some balance, at least initially.
Sweet on the palate as well. Honey, some faint melon, oak tannins and vanilla bean. A bit of heat, medium mouth feel, and plenty of oak to keep things from straying too sweet. There's a praline note here I really like, and it almost reminds me of caramel corn as well.
Long finish. Lots of cocoa, caramel corn, honey, vanilla bean ice cream and a bit of char.
Great from start to finish, this is a limited edition that can please, while also being available. I like what Maker's is doing here, and just like that I'm headed back for another glass.
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