An image of a bottle of Maker's Mark Cask Strength Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with its spectacular red wax seal

Maker's Mark Cask Strength Bourbon

  • Bourbon
  • USA, 700ml

This is Maker's Mark small-batch premium bourbon. Its smooth yet bold and totally enjoyable. Big oak, vanilla and caramel aromas. To taste, robust, warm texture with notes of caramel, vanilla and spice. Long finish on front of tongue, harmonious with no harsh bitterness.

  • Distillery: Maker's Mark
  • Type: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
  • Region: Kentucky, USA
  • Alcohol: 54.35%
  • Volume: 700ml
  • Other: Batch No. 20-05
  • Goes with: Neat or over ice

A bourbon not crafted for the weak of heart. Bottled at barrel proof, Maker's Mark Cask Strength ranges from 108 to 114 proof (54% to 57% ABV) depending on the barrels. Surprisingly smooth, this bourbon retains the signature, front-of-the-palate flavours of Maker's Mark while amping up the vanilla and rich oak notes. Buy this multi-award winning bourbon favourite here in our online liquor store and get delivered direct to your door. We deliver across New Zealand.

Maker’s Mark began with the Samuels family. In 1783, Robert Samuels began to distil whiskey for personal consumption. The operations continued down the generations until a commercial distillery was eventually established. This was sold by T W Samuels during the mid twentieth century. He then founded a smaller distillery in Loretto, Kentucky and focussed on creating an artisan product, distilling far less, but with a greatly increased quality.

It was decided that a new mashbill was required, rather than going through the costly and time consuming process of distilling varying recipes, Samuels chose to bake loaves of bread with differing proportions of grain. The finest tasting loaf was chosen; a loaf with a high barley and red winter wheat content and no rye. It was Bill Samuels Sr who destroyed the ancient family recipe and in 1958, the first bottles of Marker’s Mark were sold.

There are no age statements on the wax dipped bottles, for Maker’s Mark is not bottled by age, but by taste, when the Master Distiller deems it ready for general consumption. Each bottle is emblazoned with the letters SIV, the ‘S’ stands for Samuels and ‘IV’ is four in Roman numerals, honouring the creator, in the fourth generation of the family. There is also a star on the logo, a reference to Star Hill, the location of the distillery. 

  • 5 Stars - F. Paul Pacult, Spirit Journal - “Simply the best Maker’s Mark ever"
  • 93/100 Points - Whisky Advocate
  • 91/100 Points - International Whisky Competition
  • 91/100 Points - Tim McKirdy, WinePair
  • 91/100 Points & Excellent - Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • 91/100 Points - 2022 International Whisky Competition
  • 90/100 Points - Whisky for the Ages
  • 9/10 Points - Drink Hacker
  • 86/100 Points -
  • 8/10 Points - Malt Review
  • 4/5 Barrels - Breaking Bourbon
  • 7/10 Points - Whiskey Raiders

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