Henry Mckenna Single Barrel Bourbon Whiskey
750 ML (Standard)
Vanilla and seasoned oak take the forefront, but are quickly balanced by a good dose of rye spice, a pop of burnt brown sugar, and a dollop of caramel.It'snot complex, but rather a fine balance of traditional bourbon flavors with just the right amounts of oak, spice, and sweeter elements contrasting one another in harmony.It has a satisfying mouthfeel and the 100 proof plays perfectly, providing just the right amount of burn without overdoing it.
Traditional notes of caramel and vanilla play against a backdrop of seasoned oak.Alcohol mixes in and holds its weight against the other scents as you might expect for 100 proof.It'snot great but it'snot bad either.
Medium length with a balanced tapering of the flavors and spicy burn from the palate.A hint of leather creeps in but does not overpower the oak and vanilla which dominate here as in the palate.Despite 10 years in the barrel, it is anything but over-oaked, though the oak is present from nose to finish affirming the barrel'srole in this bourbon maturation.
Henry McKenna came to America in 1837 from Ireland and settled in Kentucky where he set out to create a better bourbon using his family's recipe.Today, Heaven Hill offers Henry McKenna Single Barrel which is aged for 10 years and satisfies the Bottled in Bond (BiB) requirements.To be labelled BiB, the Whiskey must be the product of one distillation season and one distiller at a single distillery, aged in a federally bonded warehouse under U..government supervision for at least four years, and it must be bottled at exactly 100 proof.Additionally, the BiB label must clearly identify the distillery where it was distilled and where it was bottled, if different.