A part of the new 2020 release, this is the 3rd batch of Makers Mark Cask Strength bourbon whiskey landing. In 2020, Makers 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 54.9% ABV and a recent market wide price drop encouraged me to snag one. Let's get to it.
Rich, supple brown sugar. Cake batter. Oak and toffee, nice praline note. Less fruity than other releases, tons of savory and sweet molasses, brown butter, caramel and tobacco.
Medium mouth feel with the ethanol deceptively absent. Honey, a bit of vanilla bean, some toffee and a pleasant cherry note. Lots going on.
Long finish. Decadent honey, toffee, tobacco and some plum wine. Rich molasses and a hint of cherry once again.
Maybe my favorite batch so far, this release from MMCS is crazy good. It works hard and this may be my new sleeper pick. This is bonkers.