Bourbon Review - Henry McKenna Single Barrel
Bourbon has exploded in popularity over the past few years, and along with the increase in popularity comes a commensurate increase in bourbon prices. And since demand has begun to outstrip supply due to the long aging times, it’s also getting harder to find older bourbons. Many distillers have removed the age statements from their offerings so younger juice can be blended in to formerly older products. Has the value priced, aged bourbon become the new unicorn? They are out there, but you have to know where to look…and Henry McKenna Single Barrel is where to look.
Priced between $28 and $35, Henry McKenna Single Barrel delivers on the value and at 10 years old, is six years older than required by it’s bottled-in-bond designation. The bottled-in-bond designation also means that this Henry McKenna is 100 proof and subject to other requirements designed to ensure a quality whiskey. Henry McKenna originally established his distillery in Kentucky back in 1855 and is now part of the Heaven Hill groups of brands. All that is great, but what makes a great whiskey is how it tastes. Let’s find out. On the nose, I get vanilla, caramel, oak and brown spice. Very pleasant. Taking a sip brings warmth up front, sweetness and caramel mid-palate and a nice long finish with a medium burn accentuated by oak and tobacco. While this might not be the most complex bourbon on the market, it’s still a great bourbon and an exceptional value. Highly recommended (but don’t tell your friends, I still want to find
this one on the shelves).