Proof: 100 / ABV: 50%
Age: 10 years (barreled on 11 July 2006)
Distillery: Heaven Hill Distillery, Bardstown, Kentucky, USA
Mashbill: 78% corn / 12% rye / 10% barley
Retail Pricing: $25-35
Availability: Common, but may be slightly difficult to find in some markets due to recent accolades/hype
“This 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.” – Heaven Hill
I don’t understand why they couldn’t just say 10 years here. 40 seasons…weird.
Sensibles: A very classic nose full of brown sugar, vanilla and caramel that leads to a full, rich mouthfeel loaded with flavors of vanilla, honey, and caramel. Interestingly, about mid-palate the rye kicks in for a nice spicy warm finish that is long and pleasant. The proof is great. Depending on the day, this one can taste slightly astringent on the finish for me but otherwise, it’s a great example of a bourbon.
Value: $25 to $35 for a 10-year 100 proof whiskey is pretty nice, especially when you consider its accolades and all the recent hype following the last San Fransisco Spirits Competition. I’d be interested to see how some of the newer bottles stack up to this one (for better or worse) as I think most of the stuff on shelves was barreled in 2008 (this one is 2006). Anyway, this bottle is a workhorse on my bar and always get’s replaced when empty.
Get one when you see it, especially for < $30.
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