Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Distillery Bottling
45.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Bottle code
L5300MMB 004531325
Added on
05 May 2010 10:54 pm

Average value

€ 23.33

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649 × member ratings

1888 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Maker's Mark Red Wax

96 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.43 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 74 points Super Administrator

    Alright, it's bourbon time! Marker's Mark Red Wax is another classic bottling with a good portion of wheat in its mash bill. As expected, the nose is soft and intensely sweet with vanilla, fudge and a touch of sawdust. Simple but actually 'pleasant'. On the palate, the youthfulness of the spirit becomes more obvious. Corn syrup, honey and mild pepper are followed by alcohol and dry wood spices. Hints of popcorn and bitter almonds characterize the short and uneventful finish. An easy Kentucky Straight Bourbon which doesn't kill you if tried neat.

    RATING: 2.5/5.0 stars ≙ 74 pts → SUBPAR
    • Nose
      76 76
    • Taste
      74 74
    • Finish
      72 72

  2. erwinnlim scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    Fine entry level bourbon. Value (£25) : 7/10
    • Nose
      Immediately vanilla and oak spice. Quite boozy
    • Taste
      Sweet corn notes and dark caramel. Notes of apples/pears as well
    • Finish
      Rather short, sweetness is carried forward

  3. markjedi1 scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    It had been years since I last tasted this one, but I remember this to be much sweeter (not better though). This batch is to my liking.
    • Nose
      Rather dusty nose on white bread, farmer’s butter and brown sugar. Nougat and hazelnuts. Oranges in the background. Even some cold tea. Nothing earth shattering, though.
    • Taste
      Nicely creamy on the palate. Immediately honeysweet with a green edge. Think caramel, oranges, gummi bears, coconuts and cherry liqueur. Quite pleasant.
    • Finish
      Surprisingly long finish in which the spices take most credit.

  4. praisethepasta scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    A good nose, but unfortunately it's a bit rough from there on. the development is rather thin, and the flavours remain somewhat unpronounced and hidden, while the balance isn't all that well. it's said to be a 'beginners bourbon', but I think it's even a bit too harsh and nippy for that. Enjoyable, but not something I will fill up my cabinet with. 74- 75 points
    • Nose
      syrupy, dried red fruit, vanilla oil
    • Taste
      sharp alcohol nip, sweet (bubblegum), burnt sugar, vanilla
    • Finish
      sharp, something metallic and mineral, creme brulee / vanilla pudding, sweet spice and a faint leather note

  5. funtik1975 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

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  6. bninkie scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    I am holding Maker's Mark in very high regards, this is currently my favourite bourbon, altough it is not really complex.

    Nose: very sweet, vanilla, toffee, nuts, nail polish, apricot
    Taste: similar to nose with hints of oranges and cloves
    Finish: warm, woody, nutty, sweet

  7. NXI scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    Nice bourbon, which I tend to order from time to time when I happen to be in a nightclub. Which means I haven't drunk it in a long time.

  8. Gweddry scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      sweetened cherries, caramel, red apple, mint, herbs, sweet syrup
    • Taste
      rye, red fruit, sweet, spicy, raspberry, black bread, sweet herbal tea sweetened with honey, syrup
    • Finish
      sweet, tanned wood, liqueur, raisins, herbs, pinwheel, vanilla, Brazil nuts, crusaders

  9. Teomarg scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  10. Lu Cifer scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
      lightly applied and scented like vanilla, light grapes, slightly fruity, a touch of sprity, oak, recognizable bourbon aromas.
    • Taste
      83 83
      slightly spicy with oak, slightly sweet, toffee (caramel) when sipped, oak takes over the dominance.
    • Finish
      82 82
      A sweetish-tart, oak-spicy (not bitter), soft and balanced long finish.


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