Maker’s Mark 46 Bourbon Whiskey., There are 2 main differences between Maker’s 46 and Maker’s Mark. The first is that the 46 is aged longer which mellows it out more while adding more flavor. The second is that seared French oak staves are seeped in the bourbon towards the end of it’s additional aging process bringing out some even more flavors. Other than those 2 factors, which are admittedly important, it’s the same thing as the original Maker’s. Same mash, same barrels, same red winter wheat, same everything.
Maker’s 46 gets it’s name from the profile number of the seared French oak staves that are added during the extra aging. The profile number corresponds to the charring rate and temperature development in the staves which can bring out different flavors and characteristics in the wood. Those characteristics can in turn change the flavor of the whisky aged in it which becomes very noticeable when tasting Maker’s Mark and Maker’s 46 side by side. The extra aging and the double wood really transforms this whisky into something uniquely tasty.
Overall I thoroughly enjoy this whisky and it’s filled with complex sweet flavors that bring out a lot of characteristics that aren’t found in many other bourbons. It’s a well balanced bourbon that’s versatile and works well neat or on the rocks and cheap enough that it can be used to make high quality cocktails and you don’t feel bad about it. Unlike with Gentleman Jack some additional care and aging actually took place and makes this worth the extra cost over it’s traditional counterpart.