Maker's Mark

This (plenty of Maker's) is what greets you at every liquor store and bar in America.
Maker's Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky (Maker's is one of the few that uses the Scottish spelling of whiskey) needs no introduction. It was not the first wheated bourbon, but it is THE wheated bourbon (sorry, Pappy). The historic Burks' Distillery in Loretto, Kentucky where Maker's is made is a U.S. National Historic Landmark. The red-wax seal is a protected trademark that has been declared "distinctive" by federal courts. It is a 6-year-old, 90 proof American standard. When Beam, Inc. tried to drop Makers' alcohol content from 90 to 84 proof in 2013 to extend supply, America revolted and the company immediately reversed its decision.

After almost six decades of producing just one bourbon, Maker's Mark recently introduced Maker's 46 and Maker's Mark Cask Strength to keep up with the industry "Joneses."  Fine by us. 

Maker’s Mark

Maker's Mark Distillery (Beam Suntory)
90 proof
$22 at Class VI at Fort Jackson, SC

Color: Medium to deep amber.

Nose: Unmistakable caramel and vanilla nose with fruit, honey, and touch of cinnamon spice.

Tasting notes: Like its nose, caramel and vanilla sweetness greet you. Maker's carries a light, buttery mouthfeel and just a touch of nuttiness. There is no alcohol burn or sharp spice, but there is an oaky and cinnamon spice that holds it all together.

Overall: NR. Maker's Mark transcends rank or grade. It is what it is. As a result of its no-rye mash bill, it is smooth and highly drinkable. It is perfectly consistent.  What makes Maker's really great, though, is its consistent presence. As far as I am concerned, it is America's bourbon.