Once a hidden gem reserved for the privileged few, Maker’s Mark 101 Proof is now available to the general market. Positioned between the standard Maker’s Mark and the Maker’s Cask Strength, this bourbon offers a unique experience that bridges the gap between the two. Let’s explore what sets it apart.
Maker’s Mark 101 Proof – Details and Tasting Notes
- Style: Bourbon
- Region: Kentucky, USA
- Distiller: Maker’s Mark
- Mash Bill: 60% Corn, 26% Red Winter Wheat, 14% Malted Barley
- Cask: New Charred Oak
- Age: 4+ Years
- ABV: 50.1%
- Maker’s Mark 101 Proof Price: $40
“Bill liked to tuck a little 101 aside for friends and special occasions. And for a long time, this was the only way you could experience these intensified notes of caramel and spice brought on by the higher proof…” – Maker’s Mark
Maker’s Mark 101 Proof Tasting Notes
- EYE: Reddish caramel
- NOSE: Oak, caramel corn, vanilla fondant, dried dark fruit, leather, roasted nuts, citrus peels, and baking spice.
- PALATE: Oak, caramel corn, vanilla fondant, honey, dried dark fruit, leather, roasted nuts, baking spice, citrus peels, and cocoa.
- FINISH: Med-long -> Oak, baking spice, and dried cherries fade out to caramel and spice.
- BALANCE, BODY and FEEL: Well balanced, med-full body, and a warm oily feel.
Maker’s Mark 101 Proof – Overall Thoughts and Score
Maker’s Mark 101 Proof is a delightful bourbon that surpasses the standard Maker’s Mark in terms of complexity and flavor. The prominent spice quality elevates this whiskey to new heights. As you savor it, the baking spice notes expand and become more pronounced, creating a more intricate and satisfying finish.
A splash of water enhances the darkly sweet notes and intensifies the oak presence across the palate, providing a richer sensation. Although the aroma remains largely unchanged, with only a slight muted effect, the overall drinking experience remains exceptional.
Maker’s Mark 101 Proof is not only enjoyable to sip on its own, but it also lends itself well to mixing. Its versatility makes it an enticing option for a variety of cocktails. Personally, I experimented with a Sazerac over the Thanksgiving weekend and found myself making a few more throughout the holiday. This bourbon is dangerously easy to drink, regardless of how you choose to enjoy it.
SCORE: 4/5 (Very good, highly recommended – B+ | 87-89)