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    BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    Even though Maker's 46 has been talked about at length here, that talk seems to have waned a bit. It seems like a good time to have it as the BOTM.

    My own thoughts:
    To me, it's slightly better than regular Maker's Mark. The additional aging with toasted French oak staves has added a little more flavor. I call it a bit of "oak and smoke". The extra 4 proof may or may not add a little summin' too. I haven't had this one in a while, but from what I remember, the initial taste was good, but then...... Where's the rest? I think I echo a few people's sentiments here. It lacks a good finish. The finish leaves something to one's desire or imagination. All in all a fair bourbon. Good, but not overly impressive IMHO.

    There you go. Whadaya' all have to say about Maker's 46? Cheers! Joe
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    Re: BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    I find it spicier and generally having more character than regular Maker's Mark. It isn't my favorite bourbon, but I find it enjoyable.

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    Re: BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    I think this one will make a great Thanksgiving pour. I get a buttery cinnamon flavor that would be perfect for the holidays. Plus, it might be easier to justify the price for a holiday gathering. I like it, but it's a bit too expensive.
    -Brian-

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    Re: BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    How fitting for this months BOTH...

    Quote Originally Posted by Maker's Mark Facebook Page
    July 1, 2011 will mark one year since Maker's 46 - our 2nd big idea - hit the shelves...
    As for tasting notes, I don't have any, since $35 for modified Makers Mark, is a little steep for me.
    Too much of anything is bad, but too much of good whiskey is barely enough. - Mark Twain.

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    Re: BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    Is it better than the 'regular' MM? Absolutely. That said, it's all relative...and I find it lacking. While I'll always have a bottle on my bar, it's not one I find myself going to.

    For those who consider MM the ultimate Bourbon pour might find MM 46 a the 'gateway' towards fuller, more flavorful Bourbons.
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    Re: BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    I've always felt that the good feelings towards 46 are heightened by the fact that MM is so dull. It can't help but come off in a better light.

    I agree with Joe. It's just fair, but that's in keeping with the overall quality of all Beam products, outside of 114.

    By the way, LOVE the new avatar, Joe. Best on SB.

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    Re: BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    I tasted this and did notice a Cognac like flavor added in which makes sense with the staves. Too bad Im not a huge fan of Cognac. I have had a bottle on my bar untouched except for 2 pours for about 3 months or so. I will have to revisit and see if I get that flavor again.

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    Re: BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    I'm not a big fan of regular MM, but I have to say that I really like the 46. For some reason, it reminds me of MaCallan 12.

    My only real gripe with it is that it should be 100 proof.

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    Re: BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    I suggest some true blind tasting comparisons against other wheaters and you might be pleasantly surprised. In doing this I preferred it over Very Special Old Fitzgerald from the Heritage Collection, current Special Reserve and a generic Weller 12. It was bested by Van Winkle Lot B and Binny's Weller 12 but I also just prefer the stronger vanilla and caramel in those over the hot cinnamon of MM 46. This red hots candy taste, that comes on in the end and lingers too long, is the reason I have only purchased one bottle but I may get another soon.
    Thad

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    Re: BOTM 7/11: Maker's 46

    We just did it today.....against Weller SR 7 y/o. The Weller beat the pants off the 46.
    Joe
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