Originally Posted by scarphe
I frankly have never understood the appeal that maker's mark has, granted it is often the best bourbon pour that one often finds at a bar, but the price point is high for the quality. One could buy bulleit, which is a good pour , for the same price but one can get a decent bottle of weller which costs less, or even for a little more one can find bernheim, buffalo trace and even a 10 year old winkle. It could be the case that my taste in bourbon is bad, but honestly what makes maker's mark good for it's price?
The taste. Looking at your list you like straight-forward bourbons which is probably why you see the trademark sweetness of Maker's as a sign of inferiority. I love Bulleit, too, but I've grown to love all of my bourbon brethren. BTW, I've always found Bulleit to be several dollars cheaper than Makers, at least in CA.