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Maker’s Mark 2021 Limited Release FAE-02

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  • Distiller:

    Makers Mark

  • Bottler:

    Makers Mark

  • ABV:

    54.55%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Intro:

    Created by Maker's Mark to express "rich, wonderfully oaky bourbon" (Maker's Mark), 2021 Limited Release FAE-02 is meant to really daw on expressive tannins and a rich mouthfeel, focusing on viscosity and woody notes. This is the second entry in the 2021 Limited Release series, and will be the last for the 2021 release calendar.

  • Nose:

    Certainly oaky, it's dry, spicy and packs in big notes of caramel, black tea, oak spice and pepper. The FAE-02 seems perfectly poised to be the Yin to FAE-01's Yang.

  • Taste:

    Rich on the palate, bold and spicy. It's all fudge, honey, cocoa, sweet oak, even some ginger. It's hard not to call it a spicy bourbon - the tannin and sweet are still very much the forefront, but there are spicy notes on the fringes. Pepper, ginger, clove, a tough of woody bitterness peek here and there. Proof is right on.

  • Finish:

    Long, woody, dry finish. Not too oaky - something that's always a concern of mine - but just enough to give this a bold profile.

  • Overall:

    If you liked the fruity, tobacco profile of the FAE-01, this pairs naturally by delivering a wood forward expression that's sweet up front, spicy on the back palate, and bold and oaky throughout.

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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