13 Interesting Maker's Mark Facts

Is Maker's Mark Whiskey or Bourbon?

Maker's Mark is made with winter wheat, along with corn and malted barley (to be considered bourbon, a whiskey must contain at least 51% corn in the mash. Maker's Mark contains 70%). Like all bourbon, Maker's Mark is aged in new, charred oak barrels.

Is Maker's Mark Good Whiskey?

Maker's Mark, a good whiskey? Yes. With its vanilla notes, caramel, and citrusy flavors, the Maker's Mark whiskey is a delightful whiskey under $30. You can drink the whiskey neat or mix it with cola, and it is perfect for pairing with any cocktail.

It is not a top-shelf whiskey, it belongs in the mid-shelf category of whiskey, but the Maker's Mark Cask Strength belongs in the top-shelf category.

What Proof is Maker's Mark?

  1. Maker’s Mark Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whisky

    90 proof or 45% ABV.

  2. Maker’s Mark 46 Kentucky Bourbon Whisky

    92 proof or 47% ABV.

  3. Maker's Mark Cask Strength

    Ranges from 108 to 114 proof depending on the barrels.

Is Maker's Mark Gluten-Free?

Maker's Mark Whiskey is most likely not gluten-free. Maker's Mark claims to use winter wheat, corn, and barley in their mash but the distillation process the whiskey undergoes technically removes all gluten content.

Maker's Mark Nutrition Facts

It contains 105 calories, 0 fat, and 0 carbohydrates in each shot. There are 3 grams of sugar in each serving and no carbohydrates. The carbohydrate content in one ounce is 3 grams.

Where is Maker's Mark Distillery?

Maker's Mark is a small-batch bourbon whiskey produced in Loretto, Kentucky, by Beam Suntory. The distillery offers tours and is part of the American Whiskey Trail and the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

Maker's Mark Tasting Notes

There are lovely notes of spiced honey and mixed peels, a little malmsey, hazelnut, and a touch of cut fruit with toasty oak providing a backbone.

Palate: Rich and full. There are notes of rye and spice, barley malt, and a little nut oil with butterscotch and vanilla.

Finish: Quite sweet with butterscotch and dry oak spice.

Can Maker's Mark Go Bad?

As with most hard liquors, bourbon doesn't go bad. Because of the alcohol content, any bacteria that enter the bottle will be killed. So it's more of a question of how bad the quality of the bourbon can get overtime. Once you open the bottle of bourbon, the alcohol will start to evaporate slowly over time.

How Much Maker's Mark to Get Drunk?

Number of Drinks to Become Legally Drunk (0.08 BAC)
Weight (lbs) Typical Spirits
(80 Proof)
Proposed Maker’s
Mark (84 Proof)
Original Maker’s
Mark (90 Proof)
100 2.50 2.38 2.22
150 3.75 3.57 3.33
200 5.00 4.76 4.44
250 6.25 5.95 5.56

What is Similar to Maker's Mark?

  1. Old Grand Dad Bonded

  2. Elijah Craig 12-Year

  3. Jim Beam Black

  4. Wild Turkey 101-Proof

  5. Evan Williams Single Barrel

  6. Buffalo Trace Bourbon

  7. Eagle Rare 10-Year

  8. Four Roses Small Batch

Is Maker's Mark Vegan?

Yes, most whiskey is vegan.

Will Maker's Mark Freeze?

For bourbon and whiskies which are generally 40% alcohol (80 proof) and higher, you don't have to worry about freezing the bottle solid, even if stored in the freezer at home. Freezers at home generally bottom out at -17F (-27C). Keeping any spirit in the freezer won't permanently harm it, but it will dull the flavors if you pull the bottle out and immediately pour a glass.

What is the Mash Bill for Maker's Mark?

Maker's Mark's unique mash bill of 70% corn, 16% soft red winter wheat, and 14% malted barley, the result of John Samuels baking experiment, is crucial to Maker's Mark bourbon's character.