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  1. #1
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    BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    I know that Maker's Mark has been the BOTM before, but its been a few years. Considering the recent news about the expansion at MM, I thought it would be a good time to revisit it as BOTM. We've also had many new members join since 2006. I'm also running out of ideas for BOTM, and can, and will use any excuse I can to come up with one. But seriously….

    As I stated in the "What Are You Drinking" thread, I had a pour of MM last night. It's amazing how often I forget about MM until someone mentions it, or some news come out about it. I think that at least a few other folks here might experience the same thing. I don't often have a pour of Maker's at home, but I will have one sometimes when I'm out. A lot of places seem to only have what I call "the usual suspects". Those are, MM, Beam, WR, and/or maybe a couple of others. If that's the case, I'll almost always pick MM.

    FWIW, I do like MM. It was my gateway bourbon, and I'll always have at least one bottle in my cabinet.

    That's about it from me. I won't bother with any tasting notes. Have fun, happy posting, and let's hear what y'all have to say about the "Red Head".

    Cheers! Joe
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    Re: BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    I like MM about as well as severaL others I drink regularly; however, Maker's costs rather more dough, so I don't often have a bottle at home. I do, also find it to be a reliable pour when visiting a poorly stocked bar/restaurant. Most have MM, along with Beam white label, and JD, and often that's about it. Not a bad dram; but basically overpriced for how it hits me.... just my humble opinion.

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    Re: BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    With no competition from Weller OWA or Weller 12 anymore, Makers starts to look pretty good. I actually picked up a bottle not too long ago. It was the first in years. I ended up liking it quite a bit. I think next time I'll get the 1.75L. Some places have that for $45. With all the bs we hear about the old S-W distillery, I'm reminded Makers was heavily influenced by the original Old Fitzgerald. I would like if the expansion meant the gold top MM comes back.

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    Re: BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    I like it. Having said that, I don't think it's worth the price.

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    Re: BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    Makers is really nice. It's my go to anywhere outside the home because, as you mentioned, it's about the only option at most places. I never buy it for the home, though, simply because I can buy it at restaurants and bars, and what I DO buy for home isn't found anywhere except liquor stores.

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    Re: BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    Chicken or the egg discussion: Do bars and restaurants stock mostly Makers because people order mostly Makers, or do people order mostly Makers because bars and restaurants stock mostly Makers? My guess is the latter amongst bourbon aficionados like those here, but perhaps the general public would prefer Makers because of the familiarity...

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    Re: BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by ebo View Post
    I like it. Having said that, I don't think it's worth the price.
    Ditto. They do a great job of marketing (and I think their "ambassador" program is pretty cool), but all of that marketing costs money.
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    Re: BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    what I am hoping is that once they get done with the expansion and adding the other still, is that 5-6 years down the road they have enough stock on hand that they can add another line or expression to their offerings. Right now, it is just MM and MM46. Who here wouldn't buy a MM6BIB, or just a MM 100? I would.

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    Re: BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    Makers is one of my favorites, I always have one in the cabinet. First bourbon I started drinking.

    Before my wife and I got married, I found out that her great-grandmother, and more of her family was from Lebanon, KY. I thought, "sweet!, we need to go visit Maker's Mark...err, I mean your family!" That trip did happen a couple times, and started a nice tradition of visiting distilleries in KY.

    So Maker's Mark has a place in my heart. I sometimes have a straight pour of MM at home, but mostly use it to make my most favorite mixed drink: A Kentucky Redgrass. Maker's and cranberry juice. Man that is great on a hot day. For some reason that drink does not work for me with a rye based bourbon, or other whiskey in general. But Maker's, and any of the Weller's make a mean Kentucky Redgrass.

    And yes, I participated in the Ambassador program. It was enjoyable.

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    Re: BOTM 3/14: Maker's Mark

    I hate to say it but MM is something I order not buy,every time I do have a pour when I'm out I'm actually shocked at how much I like it but pricing is off base for what it truly is IMHO.I will openly and honestly admit that I much prefer the M46 by a long shot and have bought several bottles and it is definitely a bold step in the right direction at least for me it is.
    "To deny our own impulses is to deny the very thing that makes us human."
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