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Henry Mckenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml

Henry Mckenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey 750ml

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Bottled at around four years of age, this entry-level American whiskey shares the same mashbill as many other Heaven Hill brands (78% corn, 12% malted barley, 10% rye). The story behind the label is that Henry McKenna came to America in 1837 from Ireland and settled in Kentucky where he set out to create a better Bourbon using his family’s recipe. He set up shop in Fairfield, about five miles from where the current Heaven Hill Distillery is located. 


Before you pick up on any dominating scents, you’ll notice the aroma’s overall lightness. It’s quite gentle with caramel being the first true scent you’ll pick up on. Classic bourbon scents follow, with vanilla and oak doing what they can to try to stand out. A touch of brown sugar along with burnt orange rind flutter in without much overall effect. With a strong swirl of the glass the aroma gains some intensity and is overall pleasant, but far too weak to have a lasting impact.


A thin mouthfeel carries a soft pecan note that layered between equally gentle amounts of oak and caramel. With an absence of spice, the palate leans sweet but never overly so. It’s straightforward to a fault, offering barely anything to explore beyond its initial impression. The limited flavor profile is serviceable though, reaching a quality level that is at all times drinkable, but offers little beyond that.


The gentlest incline of cinnamon occurs creating a moment of interest. However, it's fleeting and the bourbon settles on a baseline of charred oak and mild leather. A lingering pecan note appears, cementing the bourbon’s focus on heavy flavors over fruity and sweet ones. What it lacks in diversity it makes up for with a strong singular focus.

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