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    Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.

    Being new to Bourbon, I'am working my way up from bottom shelf and not sure which
    one MM or BT? also which one is the smoothest of the two?



    Thanks,
    JR1968

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    You have two different (not just brands) of bourbon. The makers has wheat as the flavoring grain a the BT has rye. The makers will tend to be a little sweeter and the BT will have a little more spice but it is not over the top. Smooth isn't always a great quality but you won't find much burn in either of these choices. I would say flip a coin and but one and then buy the other when you are done. I would tend to lean toward the makers but i also like Wheated bourbons more. If Weller Antique is in you area buy that over the Makers. Happy tasting!

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    Re: Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.

    Never been a huge fan of MM so i will go BT. But as Ejmharris said get one then get the other!

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    Re: Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.

    I now prefer BT by a mile, but when I was first getting into bourbon MM was what I liked. MM will be lighter, sweeter, less complex. Whereas BT will be heavier, spicier, and more complex. BT is more of a thinker than MM is, MM goes down easy (almost too much so), where BT will have you picking up on different nuances on each sip. With that in mind, it is still up to you, buy what appeals to you most. Tastes change over time, but you have to try different things to know what you like and dislike. My sincere recommendation is BT.

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    Re: Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.

    BT in a heartbeat. Maker's, while not bad per se, is simply boring to me. Not much going on there. Regular BT on the other hand is an incredible value.

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    Re: Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.

    The only way to really know is to buy, and try, every damn Bourbon there is.

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    Re: Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.

    Both are stocked at 99.99999% of bars, try before you buy!

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    Re: Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.

    If you're in the chicago area and its binnys hand picked bt, then bt without a doubt. Other places have hand picked stuff too though.

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    Re: Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.

    Quote Originally Posted by White Dog View Post
    The only way to really know is to buy, and try, every damn Bourbon there is.
    Only 6 more to taste!

    But now what do i do with all these 90% full bottles
    "On a long enough timeline, the survival rate for everyone drops to zero"
    T. Durden

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    Re: Makers Mark or Buffalo Trace.

    Quote Originally Posted by Restaurant man View Post
    Only 6 more to taste!

    But now what do i do with all these 90% full bottles
    THAT is exactly my challenge! I've bought all 40 bottles I have within the past 18 months - many just to try. I checked last night, and I've got several that are 80-90% full (and some of which I don't envision reaching for - at least not on purpose). I've thought about trying some different blends of the "have nots" to see if I can find a combination that is greater than the sum of its parts. Or I'm bringing a few to the next GBS meeting with the "free to good home" tag attached
    Gary
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