Looking back to last year’s release of Maker’s Mark RC6, I wasn’t sure what I would be getting into. While the bar was initially set quite low, the product did very well in my review. Zooming ahead by one calendar year, we find the 2020 Limited Edition at hand, and with it comes a new stave profile to highlight a new array of flavors. From the Maker’s Press Release:
For this 2020 release, we set out to create a worthy tribute to the one-of-a-kind vanilla and caramel taste notes in our signature Maker’s Mark.® These notes are the result of seasoning our wood outside for a full year, which – while more time consuming – unlocks the naturally occurring notes in our classic bourbon through deeper wood degradation. To celebrate these notes, we partnered with Independent Stave Company to develop two stave profiles, SE4 and PR5 – married together to create this brand-new expression.
2020 marks the ten year anniversary of the Maker’s 46 product line. The Maker’s Mark 46 Ten Year Anniversary Edition has been floating around, and originally there was speculation in the enthusiast crowd that it was the second edition of the aptly-named ‘Wood Finishing Series’; however, upon reaching out to Maker’s Mark I was informed that the Ten Year Anniversary bottle was, in fact, to celebrate that product rather than the 2020 Limited Edition.
If I track down a bottle of the Maker’s 46 Ten Year Anniversary bottle, I’ll be sure to review that as well. For now, let’s pour this 2020 Limited Edition and see what SE4 x PR5 translates to in terms of flavor!