• Distillery Dudes Rating 82% 82%

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Maker’s Mark Review

Distillery: Maker’s Mark
Type & Region: Bourbon, Kentucky
Proof: 90 Proof
Mash Bill: 70% Corn, 16% Wheat, 14% Barley
Aged: No Age Statement
Price: $25-30

Maker’s Mark Review

Maker’s Mark is a household name in the bourbon industry, known for its iconic red wax-sealed bottle and smooth, easy-drinking flavor. With its widespread availability and popularity, it’s easy to overlook the exceptional quality and craftsmanship that goes into every bottle of Maker’s Mark. Founded in 1953 in Loretto, Kentucky, Maker’s Mark has since become a staple in the world of American whiskey, earning its place among the greats. In this Maker’s Mark whisky review, we’ll take a closer look at what makes this bourbon so special, from its appearance and aroma to its flavor and finish, as well as what sets it apart from other bourbons in its class.

About Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark is a popular American bourbon whiskey that has been around since 1953. It is made by the Maker’s Mark Distillery located in Loretto, Kentucky, which was founded by Bill Samuels Sr. The company uses a unique recipe of locally sourced grains, pure limestone filtered water, and a signature yeast strain to create their distinct flavor profile. Unlike most bourbons, Maker’s Mark does not have an age statement on their bottles, but it is typically aged for around six years.


Maker’s Mark bourbon has a rich, golden amber color that is characteristic of bourbon whiskeys. The color is the result of the interaction between the whiskey and the charred oak barrels in which it is aged.


The aroma of Maker’s Mark is a complex blend of sweet and spicy notes. The nose is dominated by the scent of caramel, vanilla, and oak, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.


Tasting Notes: Maker’s Mark has a smooth and mellow flavor that is both sweet and spicy. On the palate, the whisky tastes of caramel, vanilla, and butterscotch, with a subtle hint of toasted oak. There is also a gentle spiciness that you don’t always find in a wheated bourbon, with notes of cinnamon and cloves as well. The mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, with a slight oiliness.


As you take your first sip, you’ll notice a delightful warmth that spreads through your chest. The finish is long and smooth, with just the right amount of sweetness and spice (much less spice than a rye whiskey). As the flavors begin to fade, you’ll be left with a pleasant, warming sensation that lingers on your tongue. This is where the true quality of Maker’s Mark shines through. Unlike many other bourbons, Maker’s Mark doesn’t leave you with an overpowering, burning sensation in your throat. Instead, it finishes with a comforting, almost velvety texture that is incredibly satisfying. The aftertaste is a pleasant mix of caramel, vanilla, and oak, with a subtle hint of spice.

This is where the true quality of Maker’s Mark shines through. Unlike many other bourbons, Maker’s Mark doesn’t leave you with an overpowering, burning sensation in your throat.


Maker’s Mark is priced at around $25-30 per 750ml bottle, making it a mid-range bourbon whiskey in terms of price. Given its smooth and mellow flavor, as well as its unique recipe, it is considered to be a good value for its price point.

What Makes Maker’s Mark Unique

There are several factors that make Maker’s Mark unique among wheated bourbons. First and foremost is their signature red wax seal, which is hand-dipped on each bottle. Additionally, the company uses a proprietary yeast strain that is said to contribute to the distinctive flavor profile of the whiskey. Maker’s Mark also uses a lower percentage of rye in their mash bill, which gives the whiskey a sweeter flavor. Finally, the company rotates their barrels during the aging process to ensure that each barrel gets equal exposure to the elements, which results in a consistent flavor profile across batches.

Similar Whiskey& Bourbon

Elijah Craig 12 Year Small Batch

Makers Mark Whisky and Elijah Craig 12 Year Small Batch share some similarities in terms of their mash bill and aging process, which results in a similar level of sweetness and smoothness in their flavor profiles. However, Elijah Craig 12 Year has a more complex flavor profile with notes of oak and spice due to its longer aging process.

Knob Creek Bourbon

If you’re a fan of Maker’s Mark, you should definitely give Knob Creek a try – it has a similar flavor profile but with a bit more complexity and kick. Knob Creek Bourbon also has a higher ABV and a stronger oak flavor that may appeal to those who like bolder bourbon.

Conclusion & Final Thoughts

Maker’s Mark is a well-balanced bourbon whisky with a smooth and mellow flavor profile. It is priced at a reasonable level and is considered to be a good value for its quality. Its unique recipe, use of a proprietary yeast strain, and the hand-dipped red wax seal make it a distinctive and memorable choice for any bourbon enthusiast.


How Much Does Maker's Mark Cost?

Makers’s Mark can typically be found for around $30. If you find it below that definitely grab a bottle or two!

What are maker's mark staves?

Maker’s Mark staves are the 10 distinct wooden pieces used in the production of their signature bourbon. They are made from American white oak and are air-dried for at least nine months before being toasted to varying degrees to provide different flavor characteristics to the whiskey during the aging process.

Why is whiskey spelled differently on maker's mark?

Maker’s Mark chooses not to put an “E” in whisky because they follow the Scottish spelling tradition, which omits the “E” in whisky.

Is Maker's Mark Whisky Good?

Well, we gave it a decent score! Good is subject to the person but here at Distillery Dudes we love Maker’s! It’s a great mid-shelf whisky that both new whisky fans and those who have been around the block can enjoy.