Old vs. New – Henry McKenna 10 Year Bourbons Reviewed

I crack open a new Henry McKenna 10 Single Barrel (#2783 – bottled in 2016) as well as an old (1994 pre-fire) Henry McKenna 10 Single Barrel to see how they compare. While the new is a nice value for $30, the old was amazing for the $20-$22 that it ran back in the day. They both use Heaven Hill’s standard ryed bourbon mash bill that consists of 75% Corn, 13% Rye & 12% Barley.

As of 11-11-2016, my current bottle count is approaching 2,400. I am a Certified Specialist of Spirits and have also been certified by the Tequila Regulatory Council (CRT). I’ve been actively collecting for the last two decades and what started as a small basic home bar has transformed (with the help and understanding of my wonderful wife) into what I think is a pretty nice collection. Thank you for watching and sharing in my passion.


multiverser says:

There’s something wrong with the audio. Good review!

ArtMorte says:

Have you got other / many bottles from the previous century unopened? I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d like to see more new vs old comparisons.

Greg Newland says:

Great review
i picked up a bottle last year from Costco for 19.99.
it was really good, went back to get more and they were gone.
if i see it this year im buying a case.

Freddie Slaughter says:

It would be nice if you could rate these whisky for us.

Frank Rizzo says:

First of all, Amazing collection. Second I’ve watched many of your reviews and i would like to say thanks. I cannot afford alot of what you have but you have put me spot on to some amazing bottles…. Keep up the good work and let me know if you need someone to help drink that stuff lol…. thx again fella!

kleinj2001 says:

I know this is an old video, but I have to correct you. The classic Henry McKennas did list the barrel #, as much as the current one does. However it seems that your old bottle is missing the brown label (which is ususally located below the front label) with the info that has the distillation date and barrel #. Those old style bottles did not hold their labels well (and it looks like an arts & crafts project to boot). I have a 1992 bottle which has the Barrel # (#214 to be exact). As a follow up question, how do you know that the bottle is from 1994, if it doesn’t have the label with the distillation date or barrel #?

Heath Budig says:

Hey liquor hound, how long will whiskey last if opened? I open pretty much everything I buy but I don’t want to finish off my rare bottles because they are a pain to track down so I have a few that are half drank.

Paul Hansen says:

Where did you come across a pre-fire?

JJ Salas says:

Henry McKenna, imo, is quite possibly the best bourbon under $30. It is the only 10 year Single Barrel Bottled in Bond bourbon on the market as far as I can tell. I like EH Taylor Single Barrel also but at price point, HMcK is underrated. Great review.

Luis Wells says:

Were you able to buy the pre-fire recently, or have you had it a while? Also I have an unrelated question. Do you find yourself returning to a favorite drink? I have 40+ bottles but I find I’m pulling out OGD BiB regularly. It isn’t that I don’t like the different drinks… I’m just “comfortable” with OGD. Just wondering if anyone else does that?

Robert Breeden says:

great review! thank you and cheers!

Sixgunsam says:

Excellent comparison and review. Cheers!

Vykk Draygo says:

That was pretty cool. I wouldn’t mind having a bottle of the pre-fire bourbon. Ah well. Heaven Hill still makes good product, so not much to complain about.

Ryan Aita says:

Hey liquor hound. I have an opportunity to get a bottle of ah hirsch reserve gold foil 16 year for 1350. Do you think it is worth it for the quality? I’m not sure if I am ready to dish out that kind of money for this product. Do you think it would be better to just wait for new high profile release in the future and spend my money there ?

MRKTM690smc says:

you’ve been sitting on that pre-fire bottle for a while now!

VaryingViewpoint says:

Great review!

Orwellian Observer says:

That pre-fire obviously kept improving with age in the bottle

degmar says:

So, given that they are both 10 yo, what accounts for the difference in taste?

Also, why don’t you give ranking numbers – seems like it would make comparing different reviews easier. Lastly, you should do a commentary video on your take on NAS whisk(e)y.

Thomas Byg says:

What can you find today that matches the old HM in that price range? Sounds just great? All the older whiskies blended must have been burnt in the fire..

G&R RZR Ridin says:

i think it taste like great whiskey thats the taste i got

Tee Bee says:

Good review, would love to find a pre-fire bottle of HM Bib, not many out there now.

Gustavo Munguba says:

Have you had a chance to review the pressure aging whiskeys? Not sure if it’s a gimmick or what. Cleveland whiskey is the name of the company. Interested to see how your palate would compare them to the real thing.
Thanks for all your reviews. Really enjoy your channel

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