Whiskey Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch A121)

Editor’s Note: This whiskey was provided to us as a review sample by Heaven Hill. This in no way, per our editorial policiesinfluenced the final outcome of this review. It should also be noted that by clicking the buy link towards the bottom of this review our site receives a small referral payment which helps to support, but not influence, our editorial and other costs.

Larceny Barrel Proof is released three times a year, small batch, non-chill filtered, and uncut. It’s the best way to sample this wheated mashbill similar to what the master distiller experiences right from the barrel. This mashbill is also a distillate of the Old Fitzgerald brand, “which was sold to famous whiskey man Pappy Van Winkle before being produced by Heaven Hill.” For this proprietary mashbill, Heaven Hill uses twice the amount of wheat that other distillers use.

The tradition of Old Fitzgerald used wheat in place of rye for a rounder and softer palate. Using more wheat than competitors also enhances this delicate richness and softness.

For this small batch bourbon, barrels are selected in the 6-8 year age range. The distiller knows the characteristics of the barrels by where they can be found in the rickhouses. Humidity and temperature, as well as placement in the rickhouses determine how the bourbon will age. Bottling at barrel proof means just the right complements for rich complexity and smoothness need to be selected.

To pick the right barrels for Larceny Barrel Proof and other bourbon is a science in itself. For Heaven Hill, the rickhouses are not temperature controlled so location of the barrel is greatly affected by weather and seasons. Sun and location of the rickhouse also play a factor in aging and flavor. “Barrels exposed to direct sunlight will be hotter and drier than barrels stored in shade. Hillside rickhouses are drier and experience more dramatic temperature changes than rickhouses in valleys.”

Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch A121) (image via Melissa Jones/The Whiskey Wash)

Tasting Notes: Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey (Batch A121)

Vital Stats: Batch A121. 114.8 proof (varies by batch). Made from a mingling of 6-8 year old bourbon that is bottled uncut and without chill filtration. Wheated bourbon mashbill. 68% corn, 20% wheat, and 12% malted barley. $50.

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Appearance: Chestnut sherry in color. The bottle is a fun keyhole shape.

Nose: Touch of vanilla, brown sugar, and florals. Pleasant and sweet aromas like a typical bourbon or baked goods.

Palate: Spicy and warm. Heavy on solvent, leather, and pepper. There are undertones of hazelnut, burnt caramel and molasses with a lingering burnt orange at the back of the throat.

The Takeaway

Summary

Larceny comes on strong with its hot and spicy palate. Flavor and warmth linger on the tongue and proceeds to the back of the throat. Although I tried this one neat, I feel Larceny Barrel Proof is more drinkable with a touch of water or an ice cube. It also makes a great mixer.

If you're a fan of wheated bourbons this makes a worthy, affordable option. This is only the second year that Larceny Barrel Proof has been an option. Larceny itself debuted in 2012 and is still available as a 92 proof option if barrel proof is not your thing.

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