Maker’s Mark 46 at a speakeasy

Once again I visited Codex, a 1920’s style speakeasy in Nashua, NH. Tonight I tried Maker’s Mark 46 Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.


To be a bourbon a whiskey needs a mash bill of at least 51% corn, while the remaining could be any other cereal grain. Most bourbons have some rye, which provides a bit of spice, or bite. But Maker’s Mark is a “wheater”, made with red winter wheat instead of rye. The third ingredient in their mash bill is barley. That perhaps roughly puts it in the category of some rather famous and sought-after bourbons, the Pappy Van Winkle family, Weller family, etc.

Nose: Gentle, light honey

Palate: Light mouthfeel, vanilla, pepper. Despite what some others have said, I didn’t get any toffee flavors at all. I am getting the taste of the French oak staves, maybe some leather. A dry and classic experience.

Is it worth the extra money for the 46, as opposed to the standard Maker’s? Only if you are fond of the extra oaky taste. I’m not. So the next time I come back to Codex, I might try a Scotch or a rye whiskey.


While you’re here, check out our other reviews of  bourbonScotch,  Irish whiskey,  Canadian whiskey,  ryes or flavored whiskys.

And check out what Theresa Shea writes about Codex

[During the Prohibition] Speakeasies popped up in every city across America…. Codex isn’t an ordinary bar, it’s a speakeasy. Inspired by the Prohibition Era, this bar is hidden. And by hidden I mean it’s disguised as a used bookstore on Elm Street… This storefront, however, is not the actual entrance… To get in, you’ll have to go down the side alley and find the unmarked door… Once you enter the “bookstore” you’re presented with a large bookcase and an apparent dead end…. take another look at the books. One of them is actually a secret lever! Pull the right book on the shelf, and you’ll be granted entrance through a secret door into the bar  New England Today: Codex speakeasy



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