Review: Henry McKenna Single Barrel (BIB) Bourbon

Happy New Year all. Once again I deeply appreciate everyone’s patience with me the last 6-8 months. Posts and reviews have been sparse, and I’m working hard to get things rolling on Sour Mash Manifesto. Thanks for sticking with the site.

Now, let’s get 2014 started off with a new review of a Heaven Hill brand, Henry McKenna Single Barrel (10 year old) Bottled-in-Bond Bourbon Whiskey. Henry McKenna was said to have brought his family’s whiskey recipe from Ireland in the 1830’s, and established a distillery in Kentucky in 1855. Heaven Hill procured the Henry McKenna brand from Seagrams and began producing this whiskey in the mid 90’s. Let’s take a further look shall we?

Henry-McKenna-HMSB-copyHenry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled In Bond Bourbon (10 Years), Barrel #1025, 50% abv (100 proof), $30/bottle
Color: Deep Amber/Russet
Nose: Caramel, golden raisin, rustic corn, vanilla, root beer, and firm oak.
Palate: Classic bourbon flavors of caramel, butterscotch, vanilla, golden fruits with some spicy zip (cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper). Sturdy oak backbone provides some structure. Concentrated, sharp with a beautiful mouth feel.
Overall: This is a satisfyingly delicious bourbon – straight forward in delivery, and rich with rustic character. There’s a healthy dose of spice and heat on the palate to give this bourbon a little pop as well. If you enjoy the Evan Williams Single Barrel vintage dated releases – this 10 year old Henry McKenna has similar DNA, albeit with just a tad less finesse and grace. Outstanding value.
Sour Mash Manifesto Rating: 8.8 (Very Good)


  1. Wes says:

    Thanks again Jason for the review. I hope you can keep it going. I have come to rely on you for good tips on reasonably priced quality bourbon. I have enjoyed this one. A tad more cinnamon than I prefer but I like it. Variety is the spice of life.

  2. D.Caf says:

    I’m interested to try as I suspected this was a Heaven Hill product due to the look of it. But $30 isn’t an outstanding value if it is A) Priced the same as EVSB and B) Isn’t as good as EVSB

  3. Jason, A local retailer here in Missouri recently purchased a barrel of HMcKenna and I actually like it better than their EVSB bottling. I think it all relates to the cask that is selected as there will always be slight variations between batches. The higher proof probably helps some too. I look forward to the day that Heaven Hill releases a 100 Proof EVSB so i can do an apples to apples comparison. Keep up the good work and I look forward to your next review. BourbonPike

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