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Sporting the new label from the 2020 revision, this is the 1st batch of Makers Mark Cask Strength bourbon whiskey landing. In 2020, Makers has elected to give their Cask Strength releases more visible batch numbers, no doubt in an effort to remain in parity with their competitors. Regardless, this is a NAS expression bottled at 55.3% ABV and a recent market wide price drop. Let's get to it.
Pungent caramel and brown sugar. Demerara almost, with a hint of cherry, orange peel and pepper.
Moderate mouthfeel, extremely gentle for the proof. Rich brown sugar, honey, orange peel, candied ginger, pepper and caramel.
Long finish, a bit of oak here, pepper, cocoa and some caramel. Hint of toffee, vanilla bean ice cream, ginger and orange.
Leaning into a bit of a fruitier, more spice forward profile compared to the 2020 batches, this remains a delicious and affordable pour that emanates quality with every sip.