When Maker’s Mark 101 was first released it was a 1 liter bottle and if I remember correctly only available at duty free airport shops. Then 2020 saw at least one bright light when a 750 ml bottle was released and North Carolina was lucky enough to receive bottles. Of course the proof is 101 and it comes in a red box so it is easy to spot on the shelf. Another plus is the price is $41.95 plus tax in NC. The price of admission almost everywhere else is more. Let’s get to what matters. The aroma is quite nice being filled with light pepper spice, brown sugar, leather, oak, and slight citrus. The flavor is complex with brown sugar, leather, oak, low pepper spice, low citrus, and a light aftertaste of alcohol and passion fruit. There is a definite warming post consumption which alerts you to the alcohol level. All in all this is a very well done Bourbon and is one which will always be welcomed in my bar. If you spot it on a shelf, snag a bottle and give it a whirl.
When The Walking Dead Bourbon arrived in NC it was $35 and just a bit more than I was willing to spend for an unknown bottle of Bourbon. While traveling I happened upon it in another state for $25 and at that price I was more than willing to risk it. I noticed some unflattering comments so I decided to tread with caution when in reality I should have thrown caution to the wind. This turned out to actually be a nice drop. The aroma was leather, brown sugar, pepper spice, caramel, and hints of alcohol. The flavor was deceptively smooth with dark cherries, brown sugar, caramel, more pepper spice, and pleasant warming alcohol into the aftertaste. The finish is cherries and prunes with brown sugar and alcohol fading into the finality of the finish. The rumor is this is Heaven Hill juice and at 47% ABV it doesn’t disappoint. If you are a fan of any of the three shows and Bourbon you must have a bottle of this at the ready. TWD returns in February so find one to enjoy while you watch the final season.