American Whiskey - Bourbon

Henry McKenna Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

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Henry McKenna is a value brand bourbon that Heaven Hills describes as "comfortable and unpretentious as an old pair of jeans." It is said to be based upon (and named for) Henry McKenna who used his Irish recipe to make a whiskey in 1855 (though a bit dubious since Irish whiskey would likely be made with barley and bourbon is made primarily from corn). The label got an update and refresh in 2013 when Heaven Hill emphasized the marketing on the brand.

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"Bottled by H. McKenna Distillery, Bardstown, KY" Heaven Hills

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This bottle has 2 ratings and 2 reviews.
Tango Tango (374)
Rating: 4.0 (2017-03-16)[Updated Review]
Henry McKenna Bourbon has updated label and is back to original formula before Heaven Hill purchase.The nose is spice ,leather, and caramel. The entry is smooth with balanced palate of smoke, ,spice, leather, black tea ending with spice and hint of vanilla . There seems to be a lot of barley in the mash .Scotch lovers will like this whisky.
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BDanner (2017-02-13):
I have both the Ezra and the McKenna in my cabinet now. I'll have to do a Side by Side. Just from memory, I'd have to give the edge to McKenna.

BDanner (2017-02-13):
...from memory, it seems a little oakier? Richer flavors, despite it being 80 proof to the Ezra Brooks 90 proof.

Tango (2017-02-13):
I had 750 ml of Ezra Brooks vs 1.75 ml of Henry Mckenna. The Henry Mckenna was better during 3 month period . I agree with you.

BDanner (2017-02-14):
Did a side by side on these last night (I also have a 1.75 of the McKenna that's a couple months old) . They are similar. The McKenna has that "peanutty" thing going on which I normally associate with Beam stuff. Sometimes I'm in the mood for that, and sometimes not. I still give a slight nod to the McKenna. I need to adjust my ratings accordingly...

BDanner BDanner (427)
Rating: 4.0 (2015-07-29)
Had this as the well bourbon while out the other night (their top shelf was Beam white label, so I figured it couldn't be any worse than that). I liked it well enough to pick up a bottle. I really enjoy this. Nose is pleasant, but thin, with caramel, oak and a light floral note. It enters with a touch of sweetness and then transitions to a dusty oak. Hint of dry roasted peanuts. Short, dry finish with limited to no burn. Ice turns up the sweet just a tick. This is not complex, but there are no "off" notes in this one I didn't like. It's a solid 3.5 star bourbon that gets rounded up to a 4 due to its $10 price tag. This will become a staple in my home bar's "well", probably replacing Benchmark, which I find I enjoy a little less every time I buy.
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Tango (2017-02-13):
I like Henry McKenna Bourbon a tad bit more than Ezra Brooks 90. What is your opinion since you have tried both, now? They are close in quality.

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