****Highly Recommended, F. Paul Pacult (Spirit Journal): "The brilliant amber/topaz color shines under the examination lamp; excellent purity. The initial blast of aroma is all buttered corn-on-the-cob mixed with sugar maple; aeration brings out deeper spice, especially vanilla and cinnamon, while not forgetting for a nanosecond the corn base. The palate entry showcases the sweet breakfast cereal grain against the pristine distillate; at the midpalate stage there's a defining moment for this whiskey wherein the corn leaps across the footlights and dominates so thoroughly that you just know that this could be nothing other than one of the best straight bourbons from Kentucky. One of America's benchmark spirits."
Wine Spectator: "[$26 list] (style: smooth - usually wheat-based) It's a doughnut nose: a sweet dusting of cinnamon and corn, with a touch of vanilla. Maker's is a bright, delicate balance of corn and cinnamon, with just enough oaky spice coming along in the finish to keep it from getting sappy or thick. It's easy to see why this created so many new Bourbon drinkers. 90 proof. (1/31/12)"