We are pleased to announce Henry McKenna Single Barrel as our April Whiskey of the Month. Aged for 10 years, Henry McKenna is the only single barrel bourbon that is bottled in bond, meeting strict requirements for age and proof. Produced and bottled at Heaven Hill Distillery under the watchful eyes of Master Distillers Parker Beam and Craig Beam, Henry McKenna is perhaps the most under-the-radar top notch single barrel bourbon on the market.
The whiskey is named for Henry McKenna, an Irish immigrant who in 1837 settled in Bourbon country and took a liking to Kentucky whiskey. He then set out to reach a higher standard for finished whiskey beginning with his family’s recipe, insisting that his whiskey age in charred oak barrels before bottling, which was still a rare practice at the time, when most whiskey was still produced and bottled as a clear liquor. Heaven Hill produces Henry McKenna Single Barrel according to the original recipe and ages it for ten years, yielding a refined spirit that is feisty around the edges.
Spicy on the nose, with loads of fresh cracked pepper, spice box, and citrus peel aromas, the palate yields to a rich buttery toffee flavor accented by the spicy and grassy notes of rye and rounded out by the smooth vanilla flavors contributed by the oak and corn. The long, smooth finish closes with caramel and black tea flavors that linger. Magnificently complex, Henry McKenna Single Barrel is easy to ponder, and even easier to drink. Bring your passport in for a complimentary pour any time you visit during April.
It’s free to join the Big Jones Bourbon Society, just ask your server or bartender to sign up on your next visit. You’ll receive a passport to forty of our more than sixty whiskeys. On each visit, members are welcome to one complimentary pour of the Whiskey of the Month (WOM) which will usually (but not always) be a straight Kentucky bourbon whiskey. Big Jones Bourbon Society members will also receive invitations to members-only events such as whiskey tastings and whiskey socials.
Of course you’re welcome to enjoy any whiskey on our list at any time. We’ll mark off your passport as you taste each of the forty whiskeys, and once you’ve tasted them all, you will earn the distinction of Master Taster, and win tickets for two to a one-of-a-kind all-out whiskey dinner. As the ranks of Master Tasters grows, we will host a series of dinners for Master Tasters.