Finally, Maker’s Mark has widely released their own version of Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength (usually a distillery-only release), albeit as a 2020 limited release to celebrate 10 years of Maker’s Mark 46 being in-market. I wonder why they haven’t decided to make it a permanent addition to their lineup. To be fair though, Maker’s 46 Cask Strength has technically been available to the public, as those doing private selections could use the same 10 French oak staves and create it themselves. I believe a few have actually done that.
As a refresher, Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength is made by taking Maker’s Mark Cask Strength (yummy bourbon already) and adding 10 French Oak staves into the barrels for 9 weeks to impart additional character. The Maker’s Mark website says that these staves add dried fruit, vanilla and spice. Adding staves is like barrel finishing, but instead of dumping the whiskey into another barrel, you add smaller oak staves to the existing barrel, which changes how the whiskey and finishing wood interact. Maker’s Mark Cask Strength is already one of my favorite wheated bourbons out there today, so let’s find out if the extra steps taken make a difference in this Maker’s Mark 46 Cask Strength review.