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Mar 18, 2012 10:29 AM

Maker's Mark bourbon - faux wax seal?

Anyone else tired of the dripping plastic over the cap? That ain't wax. You could build aircraft wings with that stuff, and not the Icarus kind. Or slice your hand or wrist trying to get to the innards. My happy hour was delayed 12 minutes yesterday for the marketing schtick. It should include a Band-aid. 2 thumbs down, but fortunately still attached...

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  1. Had the same "experience" with a 2010 Lapierre Beaujolais--totally phony effect and very annoying.
    (I do remember real seal waxed on old Calvados, even a double bottle size of Chianti a long time back...and they too were a pain but at least, the breakage came easily...)

    1. Dunno, but I've never had a problem opening a bottle . . .

      1. I've never really struggled with Maker's Mark, but Michel Couvier single malt is sealed with an extremely hard brittle phenolic-like substance. Not only is it really hard to get off, but it stinks. You need to be really careful to not get crumbs into the bottle. Its the most difficult bottle that I've ever opened, but somehow I'm willing to suffer through it for the rewards.

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        1. re: EvergreenDan

          Agreed. That $#!+ is MESSY . . . and stinky!

        2. Switch to Knob Creek, it has a pull tab for it's wax? cap.

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          1. re: BeefeaterRocks

            Plus its a better Bourbon. IMO of course.

          2. Pro tip: Smash the top of the bottle open with a hammer, then pour the liquid through a tea strainer to get rid of the glass shards. 12 minutes down to 45 seconds!

            (Depending on your definition of the word "pro," naturally.)