Brian Dawson says on August 5, 2020
Amped up Maker's; a little more spice, depth and yet there is smoothness. The 9 weeks of extra aging with additional staves helps bring out more oak.
Notes from the Maker's Mark website:
"The innovative wood-stave-finishing process starts with fully matured Maker's Mark at cask strength [with] 10 seared virgin French oak staves [inserted] into the barrel and finished for nine [additional] weeks in our limestone cellar. The result is bolder ... more complex, [and] without ... bitterness."
MAKER'S 46 VITAL STATS:
Distiller: Maker’s Mark
Age: nas (believed to be 5-7 years)
Mashbill: 70% corn; 16% soft red winter wheat; 14% malted barley
Barrel Char: unpublished
Barrel Proof: 110
(A lower proof than most cask strength whiskies; purposely kept lower to prevent alcohol from overwhelming the taste.)
ABV: 47% (94 Proof)
I drank it neat, from a Glencairn glass.
No heat on the nose. Detectable wheat, vanilla and brown sugar. There is only a hint of woodiness. As the dram disappears, its oak becomes more prevalent.
Deep spice no doubt a result of the addition of the 10 seared French oak staves and extra aging. There is a little vanilla mixed in with carmel and barrel char and spice.
Balance, Body, Look and Feel:
Makers 46 is a well balanced bourbon but to me feel a little thin in the mouth. In the Glencairn, droplets cling then give way to fast dropping legs . Yes it is a little oily, but its spice overwhelms the palate.
There is a nice spicy fade, but not a particularly long finish.