Maker's Mark 46 "K&L Exclusive" Private Select Kentucky Bourbon (750ml)

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When Maker's Mark invited me out to do a custom K&L barrel of Maker's 46 (their enhanced Bourbon that sees additional aging with seasoned oak staves), I was practically itching to go; especially because I knew they were going to let us bottle the whiskey at full proof. If there's one thing we can't get enough of at K&L these days, it's high octane wheated Bourbon, especially since the Van Winkle craze of the past decade has gutted most of the available supply. Because wheated Bourbons substitute wheat for rye as the flavor grain in the mash bill, the result is a creamier and sweeter whiskey that really pops on the palate at cask strength. The really cool part about the Maker's 46 custom barrel program is that they allow you to choose between a number of different staves, three of which are exotic french oak flavors. While I'm sure we could have put together a rich and cocoa-driven cuvee from some of those toasted beauties, I had one goal in mind: dial up the American oak to full blast and make the biggest, sweetest, fullest, creamiest cask strength Bourbon we possibly could. All ten of the staves I selected were from the baked American and standard Maker's 46 variety, which added a serious dose of vanilla into the already oaky whiskey. Sure enough, the whiskey came out just as I had hoped: the nose is practically oozing with caramel and burnt sugar. While the palate is big at 55%, all that sweetness from the wheated character overpowers the proof. (David Driscoll, K&L)

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Staff Image By: Julio Santos | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/4/2017 | Send Email
Maker’s has always been one of my favorite bourbons. But I admit – I often overlook it when I feel like having great wheated bourbon. I will not neglect this bottling – it is damn good. It is rich in vanilla, molasses, caramel and toffee with baking spices sprinkled throughout the lengthy palate. A pleasant high proof bourbon.

Staff Image By: Jeffrey Jones | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2017 | Send Email
A wonderful version of Marker's Mark Bourbon. There are beautiful sweet brown sugar aromas that are very inviting. In the mouth it is big and full with lush and easy flavors. If you like your Bourbons rich and pretty this bottling is for you. It is a pleasure to drink alone and makes great cocktails.

Staff Image By: Andrew Stevens | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/3/2017 | Send Email
This is the big, beautiful rich wheated bourbon that people actually want to drink even if it doesn't have the glamour of being impossible to find. Maker's Mark has consistently put out a smooth, wheated whiskey for years and that level of expertise is evident and put on display in all of its glory in this cask strength edition. By keeping the staves entirely American Oak David allows the Maker's Mark 46 to become fully what it should be. Sweet, rich, spicy and so delightfully sippable that even at cask strength I was drinking it sans water last night. It will not last long and it is completely worth owning.

Staff Image By: Andrew Whiteley | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
Customers often ask me what I mean when I say that cask strength whisky just amps up the flavors making it more punchy and intense. This is the perfect time to find out what higher proof bottling is all about. This exquisite cask of Maker's 46 has been amped up in more ways than one. In addition to getting the extra intensity from the full octane proof, you've also got American Oak gone wild here. Loads of vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and burnt sugar dance around the richness bestowed by the wheat. It's rich, lush, and more than a little sexy. A dissertation on American Oak and Wheat Bourbon - top marks.
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Staff Image By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
The name Maker’s Mark is a synonym for smooth, rich, illustrious bourbon; my go-to safe bet when I need it. Imagine my delight when I heard we had created our own blend of the ultra-premium Maker’s 46. The richness and depth are stunning. Molasses, caramel, toast, clove, cinnamon and oak all vie for the spotlight on the palate, resulting in a powerful but balanced bourbon that is silky and viscous on the palate. Please don’t waste your time tracking down an impossible to get cult bourbon for hundreds of dollars before you try this gem.

Staff Image By: David Driscoll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 3/2/2017 | Send Email
It's here and it's everything we hoped it would be. Maker's Mark at full proof is, in my humble opinion, the best wheated Bourbon that doesn't have the word "Pappy" in the name, and with this custom stave recipe we've dialed up the American oak to near decadent levels. Imagine soaking seasoned American oak staves in a Bourbon barrel like a tea bag and letting that whiskey soak up that additional vanilla and wood for an additional few months. That's what happened here. Imagine Maker's Mark at 110 proof with additional oak and that's this Bourbon in a nutshell. It's a big, fat, creamy, spicy, sweet whiskey that scratches all your wheated Bourbon itches. Man, is it good.

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Alcohol Content (%): 55.1