Discover the differences between Maker’s Mark vs Maker’s Mark 46 in this in-depth comparison and decide which Bourbon is better for You!
|Nose||Caramel, vanilla, fruity notes|
|Palate||Sweet, nutty, baking spice, bread-like flavor|
|Finish||Honeyed, smooth and a bit of spice|
|Alcohol content||90 proof (45% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water, rocks|
|Similar to||Woodford Reserve, Larceny, Bulleit|
There is nail polish on the nose at first that fades into vanilla and cherry as you let it breathe.
On the palate you get vanilla, caramel, cherry and honey with a pleasant moutheel.
The finish is moderate and sweet with very little heat and a dash of black pepper.
Adding a drop of water releases a Tootsie Pop flavor, tunes-down the spicy note making it easier to sip.
Maker’s Mark is a well-rounded easy bourbon without any bold flavors.
Nothing stands-out but there are no off-putting notes as it is well balanced, yet with enough body.
It makes a good entry-level bottle to those curious about bourbon or a nice “everyday whisky” for those looking for a non-challenging sipper.
This is a versatile bourbon that you can sip neat, drink on the rocks or make homemade cocktails with it, although I’m not fond of using wheated bourbons as mixers as they lack the punch to deliver a tasty cocktail.
There are few facts about Maker’s Mark worth knowing:
- Maker’s Mark is made from 70% corn, 16% red wheat, and 14% malted barley.
- Maker’s Mark uses wheat as secondary grain as opposed to rye making it sweeter, less spicy and hence easier to drink.
- While most whiskeys age for a set amount of time, Maker’s is bottled when the tasters call it to be ready; that is between 6 and 7 years.
Maker’s Mark 46
|Nose||Oak, cherry, vanilla, fruity notes|
|Palate||Oak, cherry, vanilla, caramel|
|Finish||Medium-length, oak, cherry, spice|
|Alcohol content||94 proof (47% ABV)|
|How to drink||Add water, rocks|
|Similar to||Woodford Reserve Double Oaked|
The 46 is made by taking fully aged traditional Maker’s Mark at cask strength and inserting specially seared French oak staves into the barrels.
This process added a notorious oaky hint to the bourbon that goes from the nose to the finish, while adding more vanilla and a more refined and tasty version of the old good Maker’s Mark.
The bourbon finishes aging for around 6 months before bottling.
Nose of oak, caramel, vanilla and subtle fruity notes.
Taste is rich in oak at first but the vanilla comes in quick and delivers a really nice taste to it. It stays creamy and moves into a cherry flavor with some caramel.
The finish is long with very little warmth, with oaky notes, cherry and a tad of spice.
There are a few facts worth knowing about the Maker’s Mark 46:
- Aged for around 6 and a half years.
- Made using the traditional Maker’s Mark corn, red winter wheat and barley mash bill.
- Maker’s bottles stand out from the rest due to the red wax seal that is still made by hand nowadays.
Maker’s Mark vs Maker’s 46: Price comparison
Prices are approximate and stated in USD:
|Maker’s Mark 46||$42|
Maker’s Mark vs Maker’s Mark 46: Which is better?
46 is a step-up worth the upcharge
- Maker’s Mark is an upgrade over the regular Maker’s Mark. The additional aging in French oak staves provided not only a rich oaky note, but also a more refined and tasty version.
- We can summarize by saying, you get pretty much the same flavors but better.
- The price gap between the two is not an issue as the 46 is sufficiently better to justify the surcharge.
Consider further options by reading my post: Discover the Best Maker’s Mark bottle where I rank every release!
I am a bar and liquor shop owner in Oaxaca, Mexico where I have tasted hundreds of different spirits; perhaps more than I should!