Re: Maker's Mark
It's pretty silly to judge all Bourbon based on one drink, particularly a wheater like Maker's Mark (most Bourbon uses rye as a flavoring grain whereas MM uses wheat). It would be like if someone tried a peated Scotch, really disliked it, and decided that Scotch was a terrible drink.
Some people may not like Bourbon, of course, which is fine, but disliking one doesn't mean you won't like any. When I'm recommending a Bourbon to newbies I usually recommend Buffalo Trace, Eagle Rare and Woodford Reserve. For Scotch drinkers who are new to Bourbon, I direct them to Woodford Reserve and Elijah Craig 18 yo and for peat lovers, I recommend a good rye like Sazerac or Rittenhouse 100.