Maker’s Mark BEP Barrel Proof Entry

Entered into the barrel at 110 proof, rather than 125, generally means a slower, more gentle extraction. In addition to the lower barrel entry proof, Maker’s has also added 10 Virgin Toasted American oak staves to the barrel as well. The result is a very mellow fruit forward but brown sugar toned whiskey. The nose presents Rainier cherries, lemon curd, vanilla syrup, and leather couch. On the palate, a very drinkable 110.7 proof takes Maker’s in a very different direction, sweeter AND spicier than normal Maker’s. The palate is rich, complex, slightly drying, but also simultaneously juicy. So much complexity, but it manages to not step over the line.