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Maker’s Mark Wood Finishing Series BEP

  • Distiller:

    Maker's Mark

  • Bottler:

    Maker's Mark

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  • Raided Score: 93
  • Publication: Robb Report
  • Excerpt: If you’re already a fan of Maker’s Mark you’ll be very happy; if you’re not this might convert you.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: All told, it drinks like a very rich, well-made bourbon, though that classic Maker’s “softness” is never far out of mind.
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  • Raided Score: 81
  • Publication: The Bourbon Finder
  • Excerpt: Feels a bit like an amped up Maker’s for sure.
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  • Raided Score: 86
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: BEP completes the Wood Finishing Series in the same way it started, with a pour that stands out and a price tag that’s still reasonable compared to other limited releases in the market.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is a solid whiskey, even if it feels like a red herring in the WFS.
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  • Intro:

    The 2023 release and the conclusion of the Maker's Mark wood finishing series, this is BEP - a bottling that leverages a barrel entry proof of 110. After several years of various wood finishes, this is an interesting release in the series in the sense that there is *no* finish. Let's see how it is!

  • Nose:

    Sweet and simple on the nose, there's quite a bit of graham cracker, vanilla bean, butterscotch and a light touch of fruit.

  • Taste:

    Pleasant on the palate, it's sweet and cream-forward with caramel, butterscotch and a hint of crème brûlée on the back palate. It's fairly straightforward, solid and sweet with just the right amount of oak to balance.

  • Finish:

    Moderate finish, showing a bit more oak and sticking with the dessert-first theme.

  • Overall:

    Overall, this feels less like a member, especially the final one, of the Wood Finishing Series and more like the perfect competitor to Eagle Rare 10 Year and Russell's Reserve 10 year. It's weird, I didn't expect to think of these two pours while sipping this one, but it just jumps out as a perfectly oaky, sweet and straightforward pour. This retails for about double those, so confusing waters indeed, but what is clear is that this is a solid whiskey, even if it feels like a red herring in the WFS.

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  • By t8ke
  • Disclosure: The producer provided this sample to review free of charge, and without expectation of review or rating.

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