Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Single Barrel Bourbon


Henry McKenna is one of the most affordable 10 year old, single barrel bourbons on the market. It features the same mash bill as Heaven Hill's Evan Williams, Elijah Craig, and Fighting Cock (75% corn, 13% rye, 12% malted barley), but it is bottled in bond and continues to carry an age statement.

Henry McKenna was an Irish immigrant and distiller who came to Kentucky in the late 1830s. After his death, his sons continued distilling and even survived Prohibition. In 1940, the family sold the brand to Seagrams, which sold McKenna bourbon in white ceramic jugs- items that can still be found in junk-tique shops and on eBay/craigslist. In the 1980s, Seagrams sold the brand to Heaven Hill.

Henry McKenna 10 Year Old Single Barrel 

Heaven Hill Distillery
100 proof
$30 at ABC in Raleigh, NC

Color: Medium amber.

Nose: A very pleasant combination of pine sap, burnt sugar, caramel, deeply toasted oak, and dusted chocolate. 

Tasting Notes: Keeping in mind that HK is a single barrel bourbon, this particular bottle features cinnamon spice, plenty of alcohol heat, black pepper, and bitter oak. The flavor profile was a disappointment after the great aromas invited me to drink.

Overall: B. At $30, it may be THE most affordable 10 year old bourbon on the shelf. I would absolutely recommend it- it passes muster as a sipper but is also very useful at 100 proof to mix.