|McKenna is on the far left with the green foil.
The formal tasting notes come from committee member Kyle.
Nose: Some light barrel pointing to a middle age range. Light butterscotch and some syrup.
Taste: Hot, it fills the mouth mouth well but is slightly thin.
Finish: Strong lingering finish on tip of the tongue and on the cheeks.
Obviously, Kyle did not care for this bourbon. I did not do formal tasting notes, but I suspect this would fall somewhere in the low to mid-80s for me. I recently finished a bottle and it was an inoffensive, straightforward bourbon that I would pour on a weeknight. It's not special, but it's not horrible.
I am not sure what Heaven Hill is doing with the brand. The 10 year old single-barrel, bottled in bond thing is pretty unique--I'm not aware of anything else like it on the market. The problem is that it just isn't that great of a bourbon. I wonder if these are the same barrels that go into regular Henry McKenna, a bottom shelf offering, just aged longer. If that's the case it strikes me as an odd strategy because bottled in bonds and single barrels usually gain some traction with bourbon geeks like me. But this offering is mostly forgettable, for good reason.