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Henry McKenna 10 Year Single Barrel Bottled in Bond

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  • Distiller:

    Heaven Hill

  • Bottler:

    Heaven Hill

  • ABV:

    50%

  • Age:

    10 Years

  • Price:
    $$$$$
  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Breaking Bourbon
  • Excerpt: While this bourbon probably won’t blow anyone’s mind, you’d be hard-pressed to find a bourbon enthusiast who couldn’t find something to like with it.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: The Whiskey Jug
  • Excerpt: Thick, rich and spicy this is the kind of bourbon I want to be drinking every day. I just can’t say enough about how much I love this whiskey.
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  • Raided Score: 90
  • Publication: Whisky Advocate
  • Excerpt: Caramel and vanilla, with roasted pine nuts and spice, and a slight hint of strawberry lead to a long and savory finish. Balance is the point of this sipper.
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  • Raided Score: 91
  • Publication: Distiller
  • Excerpt: Bone dry with a long finish and oh-so-American charcoal undertones, this is the George Carlin of the bourbon world. It takes a long time to make its point, but is certainly worth the ride getting there.
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  • Raided Score: 85
  • Publication: Drinkhacker
  • Excerpt: Look, McKenna bottled-in-bond is not at all a bad whiskey, but it’s less complex than it was 8 years prior — or at least this barrel is.
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  • Raided Score: 83
  • Publication: Whiskey Consensus
  • Excerpt: Overall, I have had better and worse Henry McKenna Single Barrels and I believe they are worth a try for the price and the potential that the barrel on the shelf in front of you has a chance to far exceed anything else on the shelf.
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  • Raided Score: 92
  • Publication: Wine Enthusiast
  • Excerpt: Entry is nicely sweet and intensely grainy; the midpalate is the high point as the taste profile expands to include semisweet flavors of caramel corn, toasted marshmallow, dried fruit and chocolate covered cherry. Concludes oaky sweet and chewy.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Modern Thirst
  • Excerpt: It’s a product of a no-regrets and no-frills distilling philosophy that makes no apologies for what it is, and makes no compromises. It’s straight forward, powerful, and quite enjoyable.
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  • Raided Score: 88
  • Publication: Whiskey Raiders
  • Excerpt: This is great stuff. It doesn't blow away in any one aspect but it is very solid.
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  • Nose:

    Peanuts and maple. Brown sugar and caramel with a healthy dose of oak. Sweet and woody without astringency or acetone like Elijah Craig Small Batch, which I dont love.

  • Taste:

    Sweet and oaky. Mild pine. Healthy dose of molasses, peanut brittle and caramel. Average mouth feel but it coats nicely and introduces no unpleasant burn.

  • Finish:

    Medium to long. Woody and sweet. reminds me of a caramel sundae. It has all of the flavors that I love and none that I dont.

  • Overall:

    If you didn't heed my warning in the beginning, you're rude and I hate you. No, I'm kidding. This is great stuff. It doesn't blow away in any one aspect but it is very solid, definitely delicious and priced like the year is 2005. I feel like I'm stealing when I can still get 10yr BIB bourbon at less than $30. I'm rating this bottle a 7: it certainly is well above average in my eyes. This means that Henry McKenna Single Barrel Bottled in Bond sits snugly next to 4 Roses Single Barrel, SAOS 8/9yr Single Barrel Picks and PHC:PoH. Not a bad place to sit, little buddy. Thanks for reading!

  • Score:

    7

  • By t8ke
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