I am extremely new to this, so take it easy on me. I intend to come back to most of these, multiple times and re-review them, to see if my tastes have changed, or if certain batches are better than others. Each review will follow the same template, and include a score. Please enjoy responsibly 🙂
Date Reviewed: Jan.26
Method/Location: in a Glencairn glass, neat @ home, while watching the NHL All Star game.
Distillery: Makers Mark
Mash: 70% Corn, 14% Malted Barley, 16%Red Winter Wheat
Age: 5 years & 9 Months (According to Google)
Price I Paid: $42.99
Appearance: Golden brown. The color reminds me of the inside of a Caramilk chocolate bar.
Nose: Very sweet – with hints of vanilla & brown sugar. Almost zero ethanol. Very faint hints of wood – but mostly just very sweet – scents – like a candy shop.
Palate: First thing I taste is oak – but followed very quickly by thick, syrupy taste. There is very little – to zero burn. The corn is standing out – like if you drank a bit of the liquid atn the bottom of a can of corn.
Finish: Very smooth – no burn. Something is lingering for quite some time (not in a bad way)- not sure if it’s the oakiness or the wheat. Even after a couple of minutes, it still feels/tastes like there is a thick corn syrup in my mouth that I need to chew on.
Conclusions: Very sweet and sugary. Essentially zero burn. This would be a great introductory bourbon. Although my experience is limited – It doesn’t seem too complex – though that may be what makes it such a popular easy drinking bourbon. Goes well in most cocktails, and an easy, enjoyable sipper. Always available, reasonably priced, will keep this one stocked in home bar.
Overall Score: 84/100