PRODUCT OVERVIEW Henry Mckenna Single Barrel
Henry mckenna single barrel 10 year is a high proof, Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon was named for Henry McKenna, the Irish immigrant who adapted his family’s whiskey recipe to work the grains he found in Kentucky. Henry McKenna is the longest aged Bottled-in-Bond available today, resting in the barrel through 40 Kentucky seasons. Critics agree that this is perfectly balanced Bourbon.
This barrel is from a batch of Henry McKenna’s Bottled in Bond line, which is usually a good sign in a bourbon these days. The 50% ABV required for BIB is (in my opinion) a great drinking strength, and the BIB
hoops requirements tend to lead to more of a quality mindset than a “big batch mass production” mindset in the producer. In case you didn’t bother to click on the links above, the short version is that the brand is Heaven Hill bourbon using the same mashbill as Elijah Craig and Evan Williams (75% corn, 13% rye, 12% barley). It’s Kentucky Straight Bourbon, made at Heaven Hill’s DSP-KY-1 facility and warehoused (I think) at DSP-KY-31.
This single barrel release (Barrel 8141) was filled on 12/31/2009 and was bottled at 10 years of age and the requisite 50% ABV. I picked it up a few years ago for $45 at K&L in Redwood City.
Product details henry mckenna single barrel 10 year
- Kentucky, United States
- Tasting Notes
- Caramel, Herbal, Honey, Oak, Spicy, Vanilla
- Years Aged
- Base Ingredients
- Barley, Corn
- Food Pairing
- Beef, Cheese – Hard Aged, Dessert – Chocolate & Coffee, Dessert – Fruit, Dessert – Vanilla & Caramel, Nuts
Nose: Very sweet, with both corn syrup and honey dominating the aroma. Amazingly light nose tickle considering the proof. Deeper in the glass there are fudge brownies, molasses, and deep dark roasted oak.
Palate: Thin body. A moderate tongue burn is followed by heavy dark notes of dark-roast coffee beans, resiny oak, bittersweet chocolate fudge, and toasted (even charred) nuts. Quite dry.
Finish: Medium-short in length. Some of the roasted notes continue through the finish, but there is barely any bitterness and not much sweetness, leaving a very light, dry finish that is at odds with the intensity of the palate.
With Water: Several drops of water initially mute the aroma, requiring a rest in the glass. The water brings out a little welcome sweetness on the palate in the form of milk chocolate, which continues through the finish. Water isn’t a bad idea here, especially if you feel the whiskey is too dry like I did.
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