Consensus Rating (0-100, from previously collected ratings) – 80
What are you reviewing? Henry McKenna 10 Year Bottled-in-Bond
What overall grade do you give it? A+
Do you remember how much you paid for the bottle? $41 (Fair Price – $43)
Is the whiskey worth what you paid? Yes
Nose – Immediately, I smell vanilla bean and pie apples. There is a kiss of oak and then vanilla swells again.
Palate – On the front of the palate, the flavor matches the nose perfectly — I taste apple spice cake, and even melted butter. On the mid-palate, some of the heat builds, and some clove and charred wood comes through. Strangely (and delightfully) I am reminded of the taste of Apple Jacks cereal from my childhood; there is a creamy, apple-y sweetness that is so familiar and charming.
Finish – This is where the 100 proof shows itself in its full glory, as the heat packs a light punch and reminds you it’s there. The finish is not short; the melted butter notes show through again, as well as some clove and cinnamon stick.
Does this whiskey remind you of a different whiskey? No. This one is in a class by itself.
In your opinion, what’s the best use of this whiskey (sipping or mixing? Any recommendations on a particular mix? To add ice or water to this would be a high crime against great bourbon. This is to be poured into a proper whiskey glass (I use the Glencairn) and enjoyed NEAT.
Is there anything about the whiskey we should know that we didn’t ask? This one is becoming a unicorn, and I absolutely hate that. It is a complex, mellow delight for the senses and I hate to think that I’ll see it as often as I see Blanton’s or Weller 12, which is almost never.