July 2017 Pick of the Month: Maker’s Mark Cask Strength

Each month, Flight Club selects a club-endorsed “Pick of the Month.”  The parameters on the Pick of the Month are (a) locally available in Wichita, Kansas (b) under $40 and (c) something believed to be a good value or limited availability at the moment.  We invite everyone (Club members or not) to break open a bottle and provide comment and feedback. 

Maker's Mark Cask Strength

On certain occasions, we find local deals that are too good to pass up.  This month, we present such a deal, albeit one that many of our Club members were able to sample at our January Maker’s Mark tasting.

This bottle originally MSRP’ed for more than $60, a price that we might all agree is too high.  At our now current local price of less than $35, we think it is a winner that should be added to your collection.

We encourage everyone to pick up a bottle and give us your thoughts.
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Maker’s Mark Lineup – Tasting Notes

At this past January’s monthly meeting , Flight Club sampled six different Maker’s Mark offerings.  We promised to post tasting notes.  This past week, Chris Crow, Stephen Netherton, Scott Hill, and Jay Cary got together and (re)sampled five aged Maker’s Mark products.  Their groupthink tasting notes are below:

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January 2017: Maker’s Mark

Maker’s Mark, January 2017, by Chris Crow 

Maker's Mark

 

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Maker’s Mark is a staple in bars and liquor stores across the country. Its dripping red wax bottle neck is distinctively recognizable. Until recently, most consumers were only familiar with Maker’s Mark’s basic expression: 90-proof wheated bourbon that is sweet, well-balanced, and great for cocktails.

Maker’s Mark, like many other producers, now carries several different expressions. These various bottles feature a higher proof and unique aging techniques to enhance the flavors people regularly associate with traditional Maker’s Mark.

Our host this month, Chris Crow, enlightened us on the Maker’s Mark process by featuring a bottle from each of the distiller’s expressions. Not only that, but we started with the pre-barreled spirit and worked our way through five other expressions.

The tasting notes for the Maker’s Mark, Maker’s Cask Strength, and Maker’s 46 are provided from the Maker’s Mark Web site. The tasting notes for bottles 5 and 6, the private select barrel picks, vary from bottle to bottle. We will supplement with our own tasting notes for these bottles later.

Now, onto the cocktails and the tasting…

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