Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series 2020

Bourbon

Maker's Mark // Kentucky, USA

community rating

4.06
4 out of 5 stars
( 219 )

Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series 2020 is the second in the ongoing limited edition series for Maker's Mark which began with the 2019 RC6 release. The 2020 release focuses on the caramel and vanilla notes by using two different types of staves SE4 and PR5 from Independent Stave Company. SE4 is made from virgin French oak which was convection cooked at medium heat as well as receiving a short toast period.

PR5 is made from virgin American oak which is convection cooked slowly at a low heat. These two staves were placed in secondary barrels and filled with fully-matured cask strength Maker's Mark followed by a marrying period of the two bourbons. Bottled at 110.

Maker's Mark Wood Finishing Series 2020 is the second in the ongoing limited edition series for Maker's Mark which began with the 2019 RC6 release. The 2020 release focuses on the caramel and vanilla notes by using two different types of staves SE4 and PR5 from Independent Stave Company. SE4 is made from virgin French oak which was convection cooked at medium heat as well as receiving a short toast period. PR5 is made from virgin American oak which is convection cooked slowly at a low heat. These two staves were placed in secondary barrels and filled with fully-matured cask strength Maker's Mark followed by a marrying period of the two bourbons. Bottled at 110.8 proof, it is available nationwide as of September 2020.

  • age
    NAS
  • Cost
  • abv
    55.4
  • Bourbon
    Produced anywhere in USA; Mash bill of at least 51% corn; aged in new, charred oak containers.
  • Cask Type
    new, charred American oak; finished with virgin American oak and virgin French oak staves

Tasting Notes

"Rich caramel, toasted grains, and apple skins greet you on the nose. The bourbon is moderately spicy on the palate with the flavors leaning on the bittersweet side. It's dry, but not too tannic or chewy. Those finishing staves really give the traditionally sweet and gentle Maker's Mark a bit of a backbone and its flavors lean on the savory side. The spice and sweetness go back and forth while you taste with the end result being a draw. There's also a toasted/nutty profile here, maybe peanut brittle?, which ends the experience. This is a bourbon you keep going back to to find more flavors and then you find the glass empty. A good result. "

Score 88
Flavor Profile

Spicy & Sweet

Trusted Partner Stores