Tastes differ, but I like it better than FC by a bunch. I've only had two bottles but they were consistent. It doesn't compare with EC 18 but I'd rank it equal =/- with EC 12. However regular H McK is one of my regular bar bourbons, the other being VOB. In fact we had H McK single barrel last night, unfortunately the bottle went with this mornings recycle so I can't tell you which barrel it was.