Maker: Maker’s Mark, Loretto, Kentucky (Beam Global)
Style: Wheated Bourbon (infused with toasted French oak)
Proof: 94 (47% ABV)
Appearance: copper with a pearl necklace of some significance, like on Antiques Roadshow.
Nose: Wood and char, quality toasted wheat bread.
On the Palate: more toast and wood flavors morphing into spice: ginger, nutmeg, allspice and that quintessential wheater flavor:
vanilla. Some sweet marshmallow flavors as well.
Finish: Moderately hot and distinctively drier than the standard Maker’s.
Parting words: I first tasted this at the 2010 Spring Sampler in Bardstown. I liked it then and I like it now. the differences from the standard Maker’s are easy to pick up on. It has a very nice woodiness, but in a different way than old wheaters like the Pappy Van Winkles or Very Special Old Fitzgerald. It is more perfumed than tannic. I find it very pleasant. No Maker’s bourbon is going to be a life-changing experience, but 46 works well as an affordable dessert sipper.