100 Proof / 50% ABV, Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Welcome to the new golden age of bourbon. Many distillers are struggling to meet the market’s demand by cutting age statements and releasing juice that could have really used a little (or a lot) more time in the barrel. It’s good to know you can still find a good, solid, bottled-in-bond whiskey with 10 years under the belt for around $30. That’s what this bourbon is. I consider McKenna 10 almost like a secret handshake among bourbon aficionados. Anybody can love the hard-to-find, high-priced stuff (if you can find it or afford it), it takes true dedication to discover the good stuff on the shelf that doesn’t break the bank.
Dark amber honey, long supple legs
Lots of oak and vanilla from it’s time in the barrel, followed by caramel and mint.
Dry smooth supple leather, with a sophisticated touch of tobacco, followed by a citrusy orange bite. The finish fades away with a peppery spice. This packs all of the good old traditional bourbon flavors, elevated by a toasty rest in the barrel. And not too long, as some bourbons can be ruined by over-aging and get too much wood. This is just about right, and bottled-in-bond to boot (so the proof is in the Goldilocks zone). After adding a touch of water, all the flavors were amplified, and the heat toned down just a bit. This bottle sells itself on flavor alone, no cute gimmicks, legendary myths, or fancy labels. It’s definitely got a place our house bourbon rotation. It may not impress the snobs, but will impress the true bourbon lovers.