Maker's Mark 2020 Limited Release Stave Profile SE4 x PR5 Kentucky Straight, 55.4%

Price: $60 Issue: Winter 2020 Reviewer: Jeffery Lindenmuth

The second in Maker's wood finishing series benefits from the addition of virgin toasted American oak (PR5) and virgin French oak (SE4) staves. The nose is chewy and sweet with caramel, manuka honey, milk chocolate, and wintergreen. The wood influence is right out in front, with plenty of toasty oak and cedar pencil sprinkled with sweet vanilla and caramelized sugars. The lively palate serves up candied nuts and heaps of taffy-like vanilla sweetness, coupled with some mature varnish.