It’s nice having people in the family who have tastes similar to yours. First, you can compare notes, second, you can talk to them easily about new things they’ve tried, and third, and most importantly, gifts are easy.
Giving gifts is like pulling out my toenails with burning hot tweezers for me. So any time someone is easy to buy for, that’s a huge relief. So when my father was happy to try new Bourbon for his birthday, and I was able to find Maker’s Mark 46, it was a nicer year. I was able to try some of it and write a review from it too!
Perhaps I should rethink my gift giving ability, as it almost sounds like I’m buying gifts for myself.
Price: $59.85 (CAD)
Colour: Agave syrup
Nose: Chili flakes, cedar, light raspberry, cane sugar, almond, coconut flakes, chocolate
There’s an odd mixture of wood and sweet going on here, and it’s not too balanced. It’s more hot than anything else. Not fun. Whomever bought this should have thought ahead. What a jerk.
Taste: Caramel, oak, cocoa butter, almonds, hazelnuts, peanuts
The heat is all gone. It’s overtly sweet and nutty here. It’s somewhat cross eyed on the palate. I don’t know if someone would enjoy this if they didn’t enjoy it if they didn’t have a huge sweet tooth. I didn’t mind it, though it’s very one note.
Finish: Almond paste, wheat germ, oats, cherry, fresh turnip tops, dry, plum
Very short, and just as we were getting something other than sweet here. There’s a little vegetal flavour that pokes out. What a gift, I’d have words with whatever jerk gave dad this.
Conclusion: Very one note whiskey. It’s sweet, sweet, and then done. There’s a little wood, some nuts, and vegetal, however not enough to really change your mind. I’d probably say pass on this one, unless you’re a big Maker’s fan and want to see what the big difference is.
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