A part of the new 2020 release, this is the 1st batch of Maker's Mark Cask Strength bourbon whiskey landing. In 2020, Maker's has elected to give their Cask Strength releases batch numbers, no doubt in an effort to remain in parity with their competitors. Regardless, this is a NAS expression bottled at 55.05% ABV and a recent market wide price drop encouraged me to snag one. Let's get to it.
Rich buttery caramel, some vanilla bean. Fresh cake batter, sweet toffee and a hint of clove and cinnamon. Extremely dessert forward with just the right amount of oak on the nose.
Medium mouth feel, heat is in check and just right. Pralines, rich confectioners sugar, hint of plum, peach and apple pairs nicely with creme brulee and brown sugar.
Long finish, baking spices and caramel lead while some faint fruitiness and satisfying oak lead out.
Another excellent release from the MMCS line that delivers a bit more fruit than other releases, but maintains just as solid a performance.