I have to take back what I said about Makers. It's pretty average. I picked up a bottle on special, as my preferred JWB wasn't. I used to find Makers a rung up from Jack, having a bit more smoke and a creamier taste. Not any more. It's pretty one dimensional, quite thin tasting, a decent flavour, but it disappears very quickly. JWB does it better. JW Green has more complexity and flavours than both, and I think it's this that's altered my cheap palette. I still can't detect individual flavours and whatnot, but I can tell if a drink has layers, and whether I like whatever is I'm tasting. But when I come across a bottle that's a bit meh, Ralfy comes to the rescue. I top up Makers with a dash of Green and a teaspoon of water (which I do to all my sippers anyway) and get something more than sippable. The Green asserts itself on the cheap stuff, but you still get the bourbon-ness of the Makers. Any cheap scotch or bourbon can benefit from a drop of the good stuff (whatever that may be to you), it's how master blenders go about their work. Quick and dirty home 'blending' such as this is a good way to make something dull into something better, and also stretches out your top shelf stuff.