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Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength

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  • Distiller:

    Makers Mark

  • Bottler:

    Makers Mark

  • ABV:

    55.15%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Drink Hacker
  • Excerpt: The whole experience is a little flat and short of dazzling, but fans of the Maker’s program should find it at least an enjoyable diversion.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: The more water I added the more I enjoyed it, but I was basically working my way towards the standard release drop by drop.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: I find none of the gritty, aluminum, aspartame notes from the standard 46 release, and this is a winner.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Bourbon for the Masses
  • Excerpt: Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength is an enjoyable pour for the price. It is also one of the easier to find limited releases. Don’t hesitate to pick one up if you come across it.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: It's not super complex, but it gets the job done. Throw a rock in there and enjoy.
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  • Raided Score: 76
  • Publication: Whiskey Wash
  • Excerpt: I feel that detail was missed when crafting this batch. It could make a reasonable mixer with its bold cinnamon notes and heat, but I would not recommend it as a daily or even special occasion sipper.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: The Whiskey Shelf
  • Excerpt: All that said, the flavors are nice but don’t have the same depth and richness as the nose – a bit of a letdown.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: What this release is - a high proof wheated bourbon that will please Maker’s fans, but will be hard-pressed to leave a lasting impression.
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  • Intro:

    Produced in small batches of 20 barrels or less, Maker's Mark 46 Cask Strength is a moderately limited release that features nothing but the French Oak staves used for 46 and bottling at cask strength. Once a distillery only release, Makers Mark 46 CS can now be found across the country.

  • Nose:

    Buttery brown sugar, toffee and caramel with big pepper notes and fresh marshmallow.

  • Taste:

    Moderate mouthfeel, sweet caramel and honey. I like how diverse the palate is - from notes of marshmallow, pepper, a touch of tobacco. Not too sweet, not too savory, not too peppery.

  • Finish:

    Long peppery finish. Oh this is lovely. The heavy toasting of the French oak really helps overcome any risk of cloying sweetness.

  • Overall:

    This is how Maker's 46 release should be - I find none of the gritty, aluminum, aspartame notes from the standard 46 release, and this is a winner.

  • Score:

    7

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