Henry McKenna is a value-priced Bourbon from Heaven Hill with serious street cred: Single barrel and bottled in bond (100 proof), it’s aged 10 years and sold to retailers, who pick out their own barrels and sell them direct. This is common with many distilleries, but not at these prices.
This McKenna is the 9th barrel from Oakland’s Ledger’s Liquor (Barrel 662 from the distillery). It’s a big winner: Scorching hot and dense with spicy rye character, demanding a healthy splash of water to coax out its charms. When you do, they are abundant: Caramel and vanilla in harmony with classic rye charms, with a finish that offers both a cinnamon punch and a soothing sweetness to take you out. It begs for repeat sips and, should you polish off the bottle, well, another one is barely 20 bucks away.
Remember: As with any single barrel spirit, bottles may vary widely.
A- / $24 / heaven-hill.com