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

€ 25.18

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Whisky Reviews for Maker's Mark Red Wax

105 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 77.53 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. WhiskeyfanRoy scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    This is my first serious taste of bourbon,
    In my memories of drinking casually in the past (mostly Jim Beam and Jack Daniel's), I found American whiskey to be very stimulating and very sweet.

    The bottle I bought is the 200ml version sold by the supermarket, and the bottle has the same perfect red sealing wax. I really like the professional attitude of the distillery that emphasizes hand-made.

    Drinking temperature: 18°C Pour into glass for 15 minutes.
    The tasting notes are below.

    Very distinctive, but not very pleasing to me.
    I can't imagine an occasion where I specifically chose to drink this whiskey.
    But this bottle of whiskey should not be bad at all except that the alcohol taste is too stimulating, maybe it is just that I am not suitable for this bottle of whiskey.

    The taste score is 82, and the price does not affect the score.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Intense and sweet buttery bread aroma, with some cocoa, corn germ-like flavors, and a strong alcoholic kick.
      I have an impression of this buttery bread flavor, and some pot still Irish whiskeys with unmalted barley distilled have this flavor, but if the buttery bread flavor of that Irish whiskey is 1, this bottle is 5, and I personally like it very much. This taste.
      But unfortunately, this excellent nose is the peak of this whiskey, and then it will start to decline.
    • Taste
      75 75
      There are good expectations in Nose, but the actual entrance is another matter.
      Not only was the taste not as strong as expected, but the strong alcohol pungency interfered with my palate.
      Although there are many complex flavors, some of them are uncomfortable.
      Butterscotch, corn, banana, caramel, cocoa, pepper, etc. make me comfortable.
      The things that make me uncomfortable are wet wood, old metal, fermented grains, and a peculiar sour taste...all of which are rare in Scotch and Irish whiskeys.
      Of course, all of the above flavors are accompanied by strong alcohol interference, which makes the overall unpleasant.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Intense sweetness, creamy and corn germ flavors, and alcohol still grabs the show.
      It lasts quite a long time.

  3. erwinnlim scored this whisky 79 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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

  6. ThS scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    A very good Bourbon that would be wrong to sulk because it is not expensive. It is very well done, a good balance: no heaviness of sugar, no aggressiveness of alcohol, no excess of wood and spices. A very good ratio Q / P.
    • Nose
      Once the inevitable aromas of varnish and solvent as well as the pungent smell of alcohol have passed with aeration, we find a nice nose, clean and round, sweet corn. Then come the Turkish delight (sesame, rose, icing sugar) and floral and sweet nuances around the rose and the violet. Gourmand and delicate.
    • Taste
      Soft and round attack quickly becoming more straight and slender. We start from the gourmet flavors of the nose to go to the spices. The whole is fresh, clean while being sweet and delicate. No complaints.
    • Finish
      Very pleasant and gourmet flavors of fresh butter and cream, on a background of caramelized almonds, cashew nuts. The vanilla notes are of great delicacy. Always so greedy and fresh. Balance impeccable.

  7. Malthead19 scored this whisky 70 points Connoisseur

    COLOUR: dark amber

    - good solid bourbon
    - has a slightly stronger character due to the 45%
    - very high proportion of wheat and no rye
    - quite pricey at around €20 - and recommended, although (due to the 45%) not directly suitable for beginners
    • Nose
      Mildly sweet aromas, lots of vanilla, honey, light note, less spicy
    • Taste
      strong alcoholic attack, clear oak, nuts, spice cake, not light, on the contrary very powerful and voluminous on the palate
    • Finish
      powerful strong finish ;
      long warm aftertaste, salivation in the aftertaste

  8. MarcinCh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Dark amber color. There is a certain oilyness.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Intense and fun. Definitely sweet. Lots of vanilla and caramel.
    • Taste
      84 84
      Smooth, pleasant, sweet. Lots of vanilla. A bit of caramel. Traces of sweet wood. A pinch of spices. Cinnamon and ginger.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Caramel. Vanilla. Spices. White pepper, cinnamon. A bit of sweeter wood. Medium-long finish.

  9. ZLako scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    It's a great bourbon for drinking or for mixing aswell. Unfortunately it's the same price as the Wild Turkey 101 here in my country and it doesn't even come close in my opinion. Also waaaay to sweet for me.

    Gotta give a kudos to the style of the bottle and to the wax on top! Would have been much better if it came with a cork instead of a screwcap tho. :)
    • Nose
      77 77
      Very sweet, corn, honey, green fruits, caramel, chocolate, butterscotch, oranges
    • Taste
      78 78
      Very sweet on the palate aswell, creamy, lots of honey, oranges, caramel, quite pleasant
    • Finish
      71 71
      Quite short, some spices but mostly sweetness

  10. Jarne scored this whisky 71 points Member Senior

    I'm feeling a bit crazy today so I decided not to review Scotch. Let's go for a Bourbon: Maker's Mark Red Wax!
    Some information on the bottle:
    - Full name: Maker's Mark Red Wax
    - Category: Bourbon
    - Distilled by: Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc.
    - Bottled by: Distillery
    - Alcohol: 45%
    Tasting notes:
    Nose: Strong notes of Oak & Vanilla, dare I say some brown sugar as well. Some oranges in the background.
    Palate: Creamy on the palate and immediately quite sweet. I notice maize and dark caramel. Even some apple / pear. A very pleasant taste.
    Finish: A short, warm and sweet finish without much 'theatrics'.
    Overall rating: 71
    Final thoughts: I picked this one up in Luxemburg expecting just an average bourbon, up in basic Jack Daniel's' street. But soon it became quite clear to me that this isn't something you'd mix with a soda. It is perfectly good and balanced on its own with a nice, sweet profile. This was my first venture into real bourbon and I will hold Maker's Mark in very high regards as 'she was my first' ????. And you never forget your first...
    Used scale:
    00-10 | My face just imploded
    10-19 | Drain pour
    20-29 | Serious flaws
    30-39 | Flaws or mixing grade
    40-49 | Flawed, or poor quality
    50-59 | Average | Some flaws but acceptable
    60-69 | Good
    70-79 | Above average
    80-89 | Well above average
    90-95 | Outstanding
    95-100 | Nectar of Gods
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