Maker’s Mark Bourbon

I’ve honestly had a lot of Maker’s Mark cross my lips. It is the most common bourbon I find at restaurants and bars when I order a Manhattan. A Manhattan is my go to drink at most establishments that don’t have a great whiskey selection. Of course I had to try it as a sipper to start!

Maker's Mark Bourbon
Maker’s Mark Bourbon

So I picked up a bottle and and figured I’d try it out.

The truth is that this is a great mixer. It is subtle, smooth, but not very complex. There is a very soft sweet vanilla note that quickly gets overpowered by wood char. You can sip it, there just isn’t a lot there when it comes to depth or complexity.

Maker’s Mark is a good starter bourbon if you are just starting to sip. It doesn’t have a strong flavor, so it will be good for new drinkers. If you are more experienced, this is a bourbon for mixed drinks only.

The Score – Maker’s Mark Bourbon

Maker’s Mark scores a 60/100, putting it firmly in the Mixed Drinks Only category.


  • Can find in pretty much every bar across the land.
  • Extremely affordable.
  • Smooth, but simple taste profile.
  • Subtle caramel and vanilla notes.


  • Not a whole lot of complexity.
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