Brand: Henry McKenna 10 Year
Distiller: Heaven Hill
Age: 10 years
- Aged 10 years
Nose: Dark caramel and dark brown sugar. Black pepper, just a touch of cherry.
Palate: Slightly oily mouthfeel. Dark caramel. Lots of oak, coffee. The cherry is there but almost lost in the darker flavors.
Finish: long finish of more dark flavor – caramel, oak, coffee. Slightly more bitter than I typically like but not unpleasant. Not much going on.
Overall: A single barrel is a single barrel – and I’ve had plenty of great bottles of Henry McKenna 10 year, but this one isn’t great. It’s a tasty bourbon, pretty fairly balanced but without interesting complexity.
Update: In the past this bottle was easy to find at a very good price, and back then this was a regular for me. Since it became harder to find, I’ve pretty much given up on it. But… I was recently gifted a bottle of this in a secret santa, and I was glad to find out it was a better barrel. Needless to say that bottle didn’t last long, but I forgot to add notes for it here. Oops. But a good takeaway is – the inconsistency if part of the fun of single barrels. I’ve never had a BAD bottle of Henry McKenna 10 year, but I’ve definitely had a few great ones!
1: Gross I can’t even drink this crap.
2: Poor I would force this down in good company
3: Bad I wouldn’t have to force it down, but it’s not good either.
4: Not Bad But still not good.
5: Just OK Average.
6: Good Above average, but not special.
7: Very Good Well above average.
8: Excellent This is a favorite of mine for sure.
9. Amazing I would bathe in this if I could afford to.
10. Life Altering Nothing could be better than this.
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