Prior to this year, Maker’s Mark 101 was only available in two places. This particular bottle was only available for those visiting the distillery, and those traveling internationally. With the distillery being closed and international travel halted, Maker’s Mark made the decision to distribute Maker’s Mark 101 as a limited release.
One of the things that always amazes me about whiskey, is how you can slightly change one part of the process, and it can result in something else entirely. I believe the increase in proof of “regular” Maker’s Mark (90 proof), did exactly that.
The mashbill is the same for all Maker’s Mark Whisky with the breakdown being 70% corn, 16% wheat, 14% malted barley. This is bottled at 101 proof (50.5% ABV) and does not include an age statement. I have not seen an official suggested retail price, but have seen this bottle around $40, locally.
The nose begins with a cinnamon spice scent which is followed by a fruit sweetness. To me this smells as if someone were in the kitchen baking a cherry pie or cherry desert. The nose ends with a note reminiscent of syrup.
The cherry pie that I got on the nose comes through on the palate. However, imagine it being the end of a slice where you would get flavor from the crust as well. The higher proof adds more flavor but remains approachable.
This has a medium finish with a mix of savory notes and maple syrup.
I really enjoy this whiskey at 101 proof. I wish this was readily available all of the time, as I think this could really compete in today’s market. I believe the increase in proof would give bourbon enthusiasts more flavor, but would also remain very approachable for those being introduced to bourbon. With this being a limited release, I would definitely suggest adding this to your lineup. Cheers!