Whiskey Review # 2

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)

Type: Bourbon

ABV%: 45%

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