Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Batch 20-02 Review | Whiskey Raiders
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Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Batch 20-02

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  • Distiller:

    Maker's Mark

  • Bottler:

    Maker's Mark

  • ABV:

    55.2%

  • Age:

    NAS

  • Price:
    $$$$$
Synopsis:

Sporting new packaging, a new price tag and a shiny batch number, Makers Mark Cask Strength has received quite the facelift in 2020. Notes of brown butter, toffee, waffle cone and cinnamon bundle together to create a cask strength impression that fits nicely into any part of the evening - first dram or last.

  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: Whether it's the batch, a renewed interest in quality, or something else - this is hitting plenty of great strides.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: You can find Maker’s Mark in every bar, but I can’t tell you the last time I ordered one. The bourbon is too thin and the flavor too weak and bland for me to ever show any interest in it. Maker’s Mark Cask Strength goes a long way in correcting those faults.
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  • Synopsis:

    Sporting new packaging, a new price tag and a shiny batch number, Makers Mark Cask Strength has received quite the facelift in 2020. Notes of brown butter, toffee, waffle cone and cinnamon bundle together to create a cask strength impression that fits nicely into any part of the evening - first dram or last.

  • Intro:

    A part of the new 2020 release, this is the 2nd 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 55.2% ABV and a recent market wide price drop encouraged me to snag one. Let's get to it.

  • Nose:

    Rich butter, light cinnamon, toffee, brown butter and some pepper. The ratio of savory sweets to cinnamon makes me happy here, as I'm not the biggest fan of cinnamon heavy wheaters.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel, heat very much in check. Plenty of caramel, some praline, a nice honey note. Soft brown butter, toffee, and sweet overall. This carries the proof very nicely, with a bit more complexity than I remember from MMCS.

  • Finish:

    Long finish. The heat is a bit more evident here, hot indeed, but far from excessive. Waffle cone is the first note in the finish that jumps out to me, followed by more regulars like buttery cream, toffee and some cinnamon.

  • Overall:

    This is really a breath of fresh air. It's been some time since I've had MMCS, and this is far better than my memories. Whether it's the batch, a renewed interest in quality, or something else - this is hitting plenty of great strides. The finish could use a tiny bit of work, but all good things here so far, and I look forward to buying up other 2020 batches to compare.

  • Score:

    6

  • By t8ke
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