We cheap, grumpy old men have been supporting the distillers of Kentucky for a good many years now and should be rewarded with a discount.
Wait a minute- McKenna isn't a wheated bourbon? I thought it was?
I just picked up a bottle at Midway Liquors in Joppa, MD from their single barrel store bottling and it's REALLY GOOD. For $25, I have zero complaints about it.
I met a nice guy by the name of Kevin there that knew you. He's on here too, but I forget his username. He bought a case of the McKenna it's so damn good.
I do agree with the opening post, as when I tried this bottling for the first time on Saturday, my thought was that it exemplified the HH style that I've read about many times in the past, but don't necessarily pick up strongly in EC, for example - the menthol and eucalyptus notes. The Midway bottle is killer, especially for the case price of $25 - I doubt it will last long as IIRC, the barrel they bought didn't produce as many bottles as they originally were hoping for. As a bonus, the Midway bottling is also non-chill filtered. Already looking forward to cracking this tonight and give it a proper tasting.
Hey Ken! I have no idea where I got Kevin from? Lesson for all of us- Ethan is terrible with names! Apologies for that one.
I think Stan said they got about 17 cases or something like that. He was expecting about 30 cases, so they suspect the barrel may have leaked during aging. Now I regret not buying more!
Just bought my very first bottle of this one. My initial thoughts, unlike many of you, is that it is a touch more refined than HH BIB, but not by much. I really like it, but it is nearly twice the price of HH BIB.
My bottle is number 922, barreled on 12/2/02. It was super delicious from the start, but has now opened up with some air into something extremely nice. I like it way better than many of my other similarly priced 100 proofers.
The more and more I do this comparison with HH BIB, the McKenna seems to shine brighter and brighter. I'm really starting to dig this stuff.