Sporting the new label from the 2020 revision, 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 more visible batch numbers, no doubt in an effort to remain in parity with their competitors. Regardless, this is a NAS expression bottled at 55.2% ABV and a recent market wide price drop. Let's get to it.
Oh yes, there it is. Maker's Mark has such a lovely, characteristic nose and it's here once more. Bright brown sugar, a light hint of confectioners sugar. Rich toffee, brown butter and light coffee. Sweet, light, fruit notes.
Rich on the palate, quite a bit going on. The proof is well placed - this has some great viscosity although a pinch less than some of my old, favored batches. Cinnamon and sugar, toffee, light oak and char with powerful maple and brown sugar.
Long finish. Back to the dessert shop once more, loads of icing, brown butter, toffee, light coffee and some nutmeg / cinnamon.
Dessert forward and fun, Maker's Mark Cask Strength 21-02 has enough power, yet nuance, to work wonderfully neat, in a cocktail or to stand up to a large cube. With summer on the way, sometimes it's easy to find yourself recoiling at the thought of cask strength whiskey in the heat, but I see MMCS 21-02 working all season long.