Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Henry Mckenna 10YR Bottled in Bond: R.E.S.P.E.C.T.



I'd like to start off by saying that I have an infinite love for Henry Mckenna Bottled in Bond:
  • Single Barrel
  • Bottled in Bond 
  • Age Stated 10 years
  • Barrel No.
  • Barreled on Date

All that for around $20-$35 dollars from what I've seen, thats pretty unreal, kudos to Heaven Hill for keeping it real, keeping Henry Mckenna BIB on the shelves pretty much everywhere I go, and kudos for keeping the price point so damn low.....

Any other Distillery, thats a $50-$100 dollar bottle at retail, period...

Some of the "public" say HMcK10BIB is Heaven Hills "higher rye" mash bill.... But wouldn't that mean it would share the same mash bill with the likes of Rittenhouse Rye and now Pikesville Rye? 

I don't know about that... 

Heaven Hill has a gamut of Bourbons that all hail from 1 mash bill (75 corn/13 rye/12 barley) from what I understand and I'm pretty sure HMcKBIB aligns with that mash ball... 

While typing this post I'm sipping on Bottle No.1811 and Barreled on 5/30/03

On the Nose: Big carmel and butterscotch, nice amount of oak, cinnamon, dried fruits

Palate and Flavors: Wallops of caramel, dollops of butterscotch, splashes of vanilla, oaky-woody goodness, pepper and cinnamon spices, Andes Chocolate mints, some light dried citrus fruits, heavy dark dried fruits...

Overall: To me Henry Mckenna 10YR BIB is one of the best bourbons money can buy, for the price no other bourbon can "statistically" contend..

I always have multiple bottles open from multiple years just to see the range of profiles..

Some bottles are fruitier, some bottles are spicier, some are woodier, but all bottles are an absolute treat that pretty much share the same "profile" with slight to moderate single barrel nuances...

Cheers and Happy Hunting,

Alex @bourbonboomed

Side Note: I don't know how anyone in their right might could choose Evan Williams Single Barrel over Henry Mckenna 10YRBIB. Most of the time, if not all the time HMcK10BIB is older by a full year or at least a few months, Bottled in Bond Regulations, and a much higher proof...

Same exact mash bill, Hellooooooo???