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Maker’s Mark Private Selection Big Red Liquors Selection

  • Distiller:

    Maker's Mark

  • Bottler:

    Maker's Mark

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  • Intro:

    Maker's Mark, one of the larger producers of bourbon in Kentucky, produces wheated bourbon that is sold both domestically and abroad. Until recent years, Maker's only produced a small handful of products. In the last couple of years, though, products like Maker's Mark 46 and Maker's Mark Cask Strength have seen domestic releases. A major criticism of the brand, though, was the absence of a barrel selection program in favor of wax dipped limited editions. That has now changed. A barrel selection at Maker's Mark is unique, though, in that you choose a combination of staves to mature in a barrel, and that barrel is bottled. This is different from almost any other barrel selection process on the market. For better or for worse, this creates a very different product than their core line of expressions. I've set out to try approximately a dozen of these various private selections, completely blind, to gather my thoughts on how their releases are shaking out.

  • Nose:

    Clove, nougat, toffee. Fruity orange zest and freshly baked cake batter.

  • Taste:

    Medium mouth feel. Honey, clove, caramel. Not a lot of oak, lightly citrus forward - like orange. Light vanilla. Not light in the ethanol department though. Very hot, especially compared to its peers.

  • Finish:

    Long but hot and spicy. Pepper, clove, cardamom. Orange peel is there with some cocoa but its very hot compared to a lot of other selections.

  • Overall:

    This was nice, but entirely too hot for its own good.

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  • By t8ke
  • Our in house critic rates spirits on a scale of 0-10 (10 best) and is aggregated the same as external sources
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