Sporting the new label from the 2020 revision, this is the 4th batch of Maker's Mark Cask Strength bourbon whiskey landing in 2021. 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 54.7% ABV and a recent market wide price drop. Let's get to it.
Bright honey and caramel on the nose. Sweet buttered biscuits and apple butter.
Syrupy palate with maple, apple butter, toffee and praline.
Long finish with tons of clove, maple, a hint of orange and some cocoa and tobacco.
Lovely as always, but having troubles topping the greatness of 20-03. I love these batches, and we're seeing how consistent they remain - often at parity with other releases like Stagg Jr. and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof. For fans of wheaters, at higher proofs even, Maker's Mark Cask Strength is a no brainer, in a bottling I find often besting Old Weller Antique in blind tastings time and time again.