A part of the new 2020 release, this is the 4th 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 54.5% ABV and a recent market wide price drop encouraged me to snag one. Let's get to it.
Cream on the nose, plenty of brown sugar, some sweet vanilla bean. Hint of that Maker’s fruity sweetness as well. Minor clove.
Moderate mouthfeel, a bit oakier than the first three releases this year. Lots of clove, spice, pepper and brown butter. Less cream on the palate, more oak, tobacco, brown sugar type notes.
Long finish, packed with tobacco, rich toffee, some oak and cinnamon. Cherry cordial.
A great release once again, but can’t touch 20-03. That said, there’s no losing when you snag one of these instead.