American Whisky Review #43: Henry McKenna Single Barrel 10 Year Bottled-in-Bond
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Price: $4 for a 2oz sample
Cask Number: 7263
Age: 10 Year. Distilled on May 29, 2009.
Color: 1.6, Mahogany/Henna Notes.
Nose: (according to the wife) It starts with a lot of caramel. It gives way to a bit of older wood, specifically the smell of “old wooden floors on a rainy day”. A slightly funky note also pops up, she thought it was of blue cheese.
Palate: It’s delightfully sweet with lots of caramel as well as maraschino cherry. A dash of brown sugar pops up every few sips as well. You get a bit of a drying factor from aged oak which keeps it from going overboard with sweetness.
Finish: Short. The maraschino cherry note dominates here for the brief moment it does linger.
Conclusion: When Henry McKenna won a whiskey of the year, it seemed to go from being the easiest whiskey to find to nonexistent in a blink of an eye. I’ve had to give it a bit of time to let the hype die down a bit but it’s been on my list of whiskies to try. It’s not bad in the slightest. The nose indicates that it’ll be sweet. The palate delivers being packed full of caramel and cherry. Drinking this, however, I had to double check when I was drinking due to a strong sense of deja vu. It reminded me strongly of Wild Turkey 101, though a slightly mellowed out version. Overall, not a bad whiskey but I think I’ll stick with the easier to find Wild Turkey.
Final Score: 78.
American Whisky Review #43, Bourbon Review #30, Whisky Network Review #268
- 96-100: The perfect dram, nectar of the gods.
- 90-95: Near perfect, there is something truly special about this whisky.
- 85-89: Amazing, will always try to keep a bottle of this in my collection (if feasible).
- 80-84: Very Good, maybe only one minor nitpick about the whisky keeping it here.
- 75-79: Good, quite enjoyable to drink.
- 70-74: Solid, wouldn’t go out of my way to get it.
- 60-69: Meh, still drinkable.
- Below 59: If you have a bottle of this, start cooking with it instead.