Monday, October 27, 2014
Henry McKenna from Everson Royce
Today, I'll taste a bottle of Heaven Hill's Henry McKenna Bottled in Bond Bourbon bottled for Everson Royce in Pasadena.
Henry McKenna BIB 10 year old Single Barrel, Barrel 6386, 50% abv ($28.50)
The nose on this is really great with caramel and oak. It reminds me of the nose on the old Elijah Craig 18 year olds. The palate follows through well; it starts with that nice sweet/oaky balance, and then turns nicely spicy and earthy which is what sticks around into the finish.
This stuff is just really good bourbon. It's complex and rich, elements that are lacking in so many of today's bourbons. Heaven Hill clearly still has some wonderful barrels in its massive warehouse.
The Whiskey Jug blog recently asked a number of whiskey fans (myself included) what they wanted to see from the whiskey industry. Most of the answers boiled down to good product at a reasonable price with honest information and no gimmicks or inflated back stories. Well, here's a prime example. At a time of the year when people are searching the world over for the privilege of overpaying for a single bottle of Pappy or BTAC, it's comforting to know that you can walk into a liquor store today, pay less than $30, and go home with a great bottle of bourbon.
Disclaimer: The sample I tasted was given to me by someone who is not affiliated with Everson Royce or Heaven Hill but who received a free sample from the store.