Maker’s Mark produces bourbon of consistently high quality that melds the distinct flavour from red winter wheat with the natural sugars extracted from charred white oak. The nose offers vibrant toasted oak with raisiny port that intermingled with rich grain notes, citrus peel and smoothing layers of corn interlaced with more plump raisin, honey, dried fig and vanilla. On the palate dark chocolate develops with glazed prunes, honeycomb, vanilla and the mild buzz of grain. Then, suddenly, the flavours flatten. The sweet yet wood laden and drying finish remains for a little while, but is interrupted by a bitter oak driven twang that cloaks the remaining shimmers of grain.