According to Heaven Hill’s Website, Henry McKenna Single Barrel is the longest aged Bottled-In-Bond bourbon on the market today. While numerous products on the shelf have lost their age statement recently, Heaven Hill proudly continues to print the words “Aged 10 Years” at the top of this label. There’s been quite a bit of hype around the Henry McKenna Single Barrel recently and as a result it’s becoming increasingly harder to find. I picked this one up for $35, which is definitely towards the top of the price range, but it was the only bottle on the shelf and I don’t see this in my area very often.
Name: Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled-In-Bond
ABV: 50%, 100 proof
Age: 10 years
Company / Distillery: Heaven Hill
Mash Bill: 75% Corn, 13% Rye, 12% Barley
Other: Barrel 3166, Barreled on 1-31-2007
Appearance: Chestnut, Tawny
Nose: Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Maple, Oak, Maybe a bit of Clove?
Taste: Vanilla, Brown Sugar, Honey, Rye, Oak, Cedar
Finish: Pretty short, but sweet. Rye spiciness, Oak and Brown Sugar still dominate with a bit of dark cherry and red licorice
Overall: Heaven Hill puts out a lot good stuff, and they also put out a lot of stuff (See what I did there?). Henry McKenna BIB definitely belongs in the first column. Nose and mouth both unsurprisingly bring Elijah Craig to mind, but the finish isn’t quite as long or as dry. I’m a big fan of Heaven Hill’s bonded bourbons (check out my review of Evan Williams Bonded and Heaven Hill Bonded) and this is easily the best. If you’re looking for a one of a kind whiskey with a really unique flavor profile, this is not it. But if you’re more interested in a pour that takes all of the traditional bourbon characteristics and hits a home run with each one, you won’t be disappointed. This is a bourbon I would love to drink every day, and for around $30 a bottle, that isn’t too hard to justify.