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

Average value

€ 24.15

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Whisky Reviews for Maker's Mark Red Wax

87 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.56 points

  1. Slàinte Mhath scored this whisky 74 points 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. 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.

  3. 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

  4. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 76 points Member Senior

    A very tasty bourbon with a nice, sweet and extremely soft nose. Surprisingly spicy in the mouth with the pepper note. Departure, unfortunately, rather meaningless. There are no rough edges. Therefore, I would even see it as a cozy drinking whiskey rather than a cocktail spirit. Because whether it prevails over the other ingredients? I see the Bulleit more suitable for this task.
    • Nose
      77 77
      The malt shines with a beautiful rich amber color in the glass. There is a hint of the glue note typical of Bourbon in the nose. But in no way as strong as with other bourbons. Right behind this note comes a caramel-like sweetness. The vanilla cream is also clearly present. A nice soft nose. The alcohol with 45% is not noticeable.
    • Taste
      76 76
      The sweet start in the mouth quickly turns into a light aromatic pepper note. Followed by a few spice notes. A little corn cake resonates.
    • Finish
      75 75
      The end is rather short. Few flavors resonate in the finish. The oak on the barrel is, if at all, only to be noticed in minimal form due to a slight bitterness at the absolute end.

  5. Scherenschnitte scored this whisky 72 points Expert Junior

    "The lone saving grace of a bad wedding bar"

    Safe to say I'm less than impressed. I know this is perceived by many people (non-whiskey enthusiasts) as a 'high quality' bourbon but unfortunately it is far from it. I can suggest several similarly priced options that would make a better sipper or mixer. ????‍♂️⁣
    • Nose
      Cherry cough syrup, caramelized brown sugar, almond extract, wood polish, a tinge sour funk⁣.
    • Taste
      Thin. Brown sugar, mildly bitter oak, touch of grain neutral spirit. Muted flavors overall.⁣
    • Finish
      Short and sweet initially with a bit of astringency at the very end. Everything feels subdued.⁣

  6. pszemo scored this whisky 77 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      76 76

  7. g00se did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Can you drink and I like it better than the 46th
    But be careful: with cola it is damn easy to drink! The hangover the next morning is gigantic: D

  8. erwinnlim scored this whisky 74 points Expert Senior

    Fine entry level bourbon.
    • 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

  9. PEATYBOI scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

  10. glengoyner scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior



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