About – 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. This whiskey is produced by Heaven Hill, aged 10 years, and bottled-in-bond at 100 proof. Normal price for Henry McKenna 10 year seems to be around $30.
Nose – Sweet honey with a slew of baking spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, a hint of clove. Classic straight forward bourbon aroma with the 100 proof alcohol making its presence subtly present.
Palate – Strong oak profile with undertones of vanilla. Some heat sneaks up in the form of cinnamon similar to than from a mouthful of red hot candies.. Even at 100 proof the alcohol is just as subtle on the palate as it is on the nose.
Finish – Medium length finish showcasing the oak, but not in an overpowering way and fading into a cinnamon spice similar to the red hots mentioned earlier.
Score – A
Verdict – In a world where age statements are disappearing and single barrel offerings are either going away or rising in price, Henry McKenna 10 year represents one the best values available in the current market. For me this holds a slight edge over both Russel’s Reserve and Eagle Rare in the same price range. I would imagine though that in this current market that either the age statement will disappearing soon or the price will be increasing, so pick this up while it still holds the value it does.