Gooooooood afternoon Hawks!!!
It’s Wednesday and that means it’s Whiskey Wednesday! Not all that different from Maker’s Monday, Turkey Tuesday, Old Taylor Thursday, and Four Roses Friday …..
This week’s bourbon of choice is Henry McKenna 10 year Bottled in Bond.
I will apologize in advance for the lack of photos. I tasted this on top of a mountain in a dry state park, and needless to say, it was hard to take photos.
A little information on what Bottled in Bond (BIB) means before we go any further. For a bourbon to be considered BIB, it must meet the following 4 requirements.
1- Must be made by one single distiller
2- Must be distilled in one distilling season
3- Aged at least four years in a federally bonded and supervised warehouse
4- Must be Bottled at 100 proof
Now that we got that out of the way, let’s learn more about Henry McKenna (HMK). HMK is distilled by Heaven Hill distillery. They have make other great bourbons such as Elijah Craig, Old Fitzgerald, and Evan Williams.
HMK is a single barrel bourbon that is aged 10 years in new American white oak barrels.
Mash Bill- Mash bill- 75% Corn, 12% Rye, and 13% Barley. This is basically the same mash bill as Elijah Craig Small Batch.
ABV- 100 Proof
Price- 25-35.00 in most stores. NC ABC has them for 32.99. That’s a pretty good price for a BIB single barrel bourbon that’s been aged 10 years!
Nose- Lots of wood, butterscotch, clove, and cinnamon upon first sniff. Going back in for a second and third nose, I pick up vanilla, dried cherries, and citrus.
Taste- Just like on the nose you will get a nice oaky taste that goes along nicely with the vanilla, caramel, and butterscotch flavors. Adding a drop or two of distilled water brings out cherries and dried fruit.
Finish- This bourbon has a medium to long finish, but I would lean more to the long side. Your mouth will be filled with spice, cherries, and vanilla. You will get a nice not overly powerful oak aftertaste.
Final Thoughts- This is a staple of my bar and should be yours too. It’s good to give to your buddy who drinks scotch, or as a mixer for beginners. Personally, I like this bourbon neat in my Norlan glass. At a 30 dollar price point, you won’t find much better.
On a side note, I have found that if you open a bottle up and have a glass or two, then put it up for a few months, it really opens up. It becomes like a whole new bourbon.