Maker’s Mark 101 Proof /50,5%/ –
The formula of Maker’s Mark bourbon was developed by Bill Samuels Sr. with little help of Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle and Ernest Ripy (Wild Turkey). After countless numbers of experiments they decided on mashbill: 70% corn, 16% wheat and 14% malted barley. The brand debuted in 1958 and remained unknown for over 20 years, when “Wall Street Journal” published an article about the Samuels family and their dedication to bourbon (August 1980). Today Maker’s is one of the iconic brands with annual sales close to 1.5 million cases. Standard expression of Maker’s Mark is bottled at 45% abv (90 Proof); in 2018 the company introduced 101 Proof version exclusively for Ravel Retail.
Nose: vanilla, honey, toffee, caramel, orange marmalade, apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cocoa powder, hazelnuts and oak.
Palate: nicely balanced, caramel, vanilla custard, baked apples, nectarines, white pepper, nutmeg, dash of cinnamon and oak tannins.
Finish: fairly long, with notes of vanilla, caramel, roasted nuts, allspice, hints of buttered popcorn and oak.