Discover the differences between Maker’s Mark Cask Strength vs Weller Antique 107 in this head to head comparison and decide which wheated bourbon is better for You!
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength
|Nose||Cherry, vanilla, oak|
|Palate||Oak, vanilla, cherry, baking spice|
|Finish||Pleasantly warm, cherry, oak spice|
|Alcohol content||114 proof (57% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water, rocks|
|Similar to||Maker’s Mark 46, Wild Turkey Rare Breed|
The Cask Strength is the same as the classic Maker’s Mark but bottled at cask strength, meaning that it was not diluted with water when pulled from the barrel.
Made using the traditional Maker’s Mark corn, red winter wheat and barley mash bill.
The nose is pleasantly sweet, with cherry, vanilla, oak and a bit of tobacco.
On the palate the body feel creamy delivering nice warmth at first, and then you can taste the oak along the vanilla, cherry sweetness and a whiff of baking spice.
The finish has heat that ramps up, is rich in oaky notes and spice.
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength is a satisfying pour, it takes many of the flavors of the traditional Maker’s but gets better in every aspect.
It feels more tasty, while delivering pleasant warmth that can easily be tuned down with a drop or two of water or a large ice ball.
This whisky is rich and full bodied, striking a good balance between spice and sweetness. Cask Strength is the Maker’s Mark turned all the way up!
Learn more about this brand by reading my post: Discover the Best Maker’s Mark Whiskey where I rank every bottle!
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Maker’s Mark Cask Strength:
- Aged for approximately 6 years.
- This one of the few whiskey brands in the United States that uses “whisky” instead of “whiskey” in its name due to the founders Scottish heritage.
- Maker’s Mark is owned by Beam Suntory, a Japanese drinks giant who also owns Jim Beam and is headquartered in Osaka.
Weller Antique 107
|Nose||Caramel, vanilla, cinnamon|
|Palate||Caramel, vanilla, tobacco, cinnamon, oak|
|Finish||Long, oak, baking spice|
|Alcohol content||107 proof (53.5% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water|
|Similar to||Weller 12, Weller Special Reserve|
Nose is sweet, with notes of butterscotch, vanilla and a drizzle of cinnamon.
On the palate, Antique 107 is creamy with a buttery texture, sweet and bready with notes of caramel, vanilla, tobacco, cinnamon and a tad of oak.
The Finish lingers, with a bit of a bite, somewhat peppery but satisfying nonetheless.
Weller Antique is not the smoothest bourbon as it has some warmth but is not harsh.
Adding water opens-up the bourbon, tuning-down the heat bringing some apple and cherry notes while making it easier to enjoy.
Overall, Weller Antique is an incredible sip, full of character although it requires you to deal with initial heat but nothing that a drop or two of water can’t take down a notch.
If you have tried the classic Weller Special Reserve you are going to find this one to be a full bodied and more flavorful whiskey providing an overall better experience.
There are a few facts worth knowing about Weller Antique 107:
- Does not have an age statement but is aged for around 6 to 8 years in oak casks.
- Weller was the first bourbon to add wheat to the mash as secondary grain behind corn.
- Crafted at the Buffalo Trace Distillery using the same mash as Pappy Van Winkle.
What do Maker’s Mark Cask Strength and Weller Antique have in common?
They are wheated bourbons
These bourbons use wheat as secondary grain behind corn making them sweeter and smoother than bourbons that use rye that tend to be spicy and grassy.
Maker’s Mark vs Weller: Price comparison
Price are approximate and stated in USD:
|Maker’s Mark Cask Strength||$53|
|Weller Antique 107||$125|
Maker’s Mark Cask Strength vs Weller Antique 107: Which is better?
The Maker’s Mark provides great value for the money
|Whiskey||Cask Strength||Antique 107|
- 9 out of 10 people wouldn’t be able to tell one from the other in a blind taste.
- Maker’s Mark Cask Strength is just as good and priced at a fraction making a solid alternative.
- Weller provides bragging rights, while the Maker’s Mark value for the money… choose your warrior!
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!