So in the amazing response we’ve had to our Maker’s Mark Cask Strength Review (wow, 3500 visitors came fast), we had an interesting question arise. What would happen if Maker’s Cask Strength was pitted against Old Weller Antique 107. Here are my brief thoughts:
The noses are remarkably similar. I do pick up the slightly higher ethanol content of the Maker’s, as well as a slightly more rough around the edges character. There is bit more baking spice as well as a more graham cracker scent on the Maker’s, but also more of the raw white dog/moonshine overtones. Overall these are very, very similar though.
On tasting, the amazing fullness we’ve grown to love on the Weller comes to fruition. The dried fruit and apple pie-like notes soar in the Weller and continue on the long finish. I also pick up more tannins on the Weller. I still get the salted caramel I found on the Maker’s upon initial tasting, but side by side I find the OWA a far richer experience.
Overall, both are good, but especially for the price, I’m still a big fan of the OWA.