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    BOTM, 10/06: Maker's Mark

    Maker's Mark. The ubiquitous redhead known to whiskey drinkers everywhere. Composed of equal parts good bourbon and good marketing, it's difficult to look at a red candle without wanting a drink. The sole product from the little distillery in Loretto, every bottle of Maker's contains the best that they produce, and they sell every bit of it. Not long after an identical distilling operation was put into place to expand production, another expansion is in the works. A nice problem to have. What changes will new ownership bring to Maker's Mark? We'll have to wait and see.

    During the recent Bourbon Festival Dave Pickerell, Master Distiller for Maker's Mark, was kind enough to personally tour a group of SB.com members around the distillery. For a couple of hours Dave explained the ins and outs of Maker's Mark. Those in attendance were duly impressed with both the Maker's Mark operation and with Dave himself.

    For the generosity showed to our members, their effectiveness at introducing KY bourbon to the masses, and their own consistantly good whiskey, Maker's Mark has been chosen as October's Bourbon of the Month.

    Share with us your own Maker's Mark stories and experiences.

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    I'm new to this site so I can't give you a typical sb.com dissection of the drink. However I can say that I was at a wedding reception a few years ago and drank a goodly amount of Maker's. The bride & groom had paid for the "top shelf" liquor package and Maker's was the best of the bourbons. I drank plenty of them on the rocks. Luckily the reception hall was part of a hotel so my lady friend and I adjourned upstairs when the reception was over. It was a great time. I guess the whole point of this post is that Maker's tasted great all night and did not give me whiskey dick. Now that's a bourbon!
    Last edited by MikeDS; 10-04-2006 at 11:00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDS
    I'm new to this site so I can't give you a typical sb.com dissection of the drink. However I can say that I was at a wedding reception a few years and drank a goodly amount of Maker's. The bride & groom had paid for the "top shelf" liquor package and Maker's was the best of the bourbons. I drank plenty of them on the rocks. Luckily the reception hall was part of a hotel so my lady friend and I adjourned upstairs when the reception was over. It was a great time. I guess the whole point of this post is that Maker's tasted great all night and did not give me whiskey dick. Now that's a bourbon!
    Ya...That wasn't typical...WOW!!!!!!!!!!! I wonder if Dave knows all the benefits of Makers?
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    I wonder what a Viagra with a Makers chaser would do to you. If it lasts more than four hours, have another drink and call your Dr.?

    Randy

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    Guess I'm going to have to go out and get some of this here "Makes Her Bark".
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    Quote Originally Posted by MikeDS
    I'm new to this site so I can't give you a typical sb.com dissection of the drink. However I can say that I was at a wedding reception a few years ago and drank a goodly amount of Maker's. The bride & groom had paid for the "top shelf" liquor package and Maker's was the best of the bourbons. I drank plenty of them on the rocks. Luckily the reception hall was part of a hotel so my lady friend and I adjourned upstairs when the reception was over. It was a great time. I guess the whole point of this post is that Maker's tasted great all night and did not give me whiskey dick. Now that's a bourbon!
    Well, he was right about one thing, That was not a typical sb.com dissection.

    I have enjoyed Maker's. However with all of the other pours that I have discovered since joining the board I find that when I return to it Maker's lacks in flavor. It is sometimes my only choice when out at a bar/restaurant. I am also wondering where Maker's goes from here. New ownership and increased production. Do we get more of the same or are we going to see something different?
    Last edited by SBOmarc; 10-04-2006 at 15:21.
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    MM is an OK bourbon.... not nearly as good as its marketing and (IMHO) not worth the premium price. I'd put it somewhere above average for "everyday" pours.

    About the only time I drink it is when I'm in a bar and the only alternative choice is Beam White or some awful rail brand.

    No bad by any means but there are so many others out there that are better values and worthy of ones attention.
    John B

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    Quote Originally Posted by jburlowski
    MM is an OK bourbon.... not nearly as good as its marketing and (IMHO) not worth the premium price. I'd put it somewhere above average for "everyday" pours.

    About the only time I drink it is when I'm in a bar and the only alternative choice is Beam White or some awful rail brand.

    No bad by any means but there are so many others out there that are better values and worthy of ones attention.
    That captures my outlook pretty well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jburlowski
    MM is an OK bourbon.... not nearly as good as its marketing and (IMHO) not worth the premium price. I'd put it somewhere above average for "everyday" pours.

    About the only time I drink it is when I'm in a bar and the only alternative choice is Beam White or some awful rail brand.

    No bad by any means but there are so many others out there that are better values and worthy of ones attention.
    I agree with this analysis pretty much across the board. I would probably differ only in that I could add a few more to Beam and rail brands which I would avoid in favor of Maker's. At one time, I considered MM a premium pour......that is, until I tried a lot of others introduced to me here (THANX SB.COM!). Now, I hardly ever reach for it but it is definitely a cut above any Beam in my book!
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    If it came down to Beam Black vs. MM, my choice would depend on whether I wanted a wheat-recipe vs. rye-recipe bourbon, or perhaps a coin toss would make the decision. Both of them are good, solid, dependable pours, in any case, and they're both widely available.

    If offered one of either, I'd take both.
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