Larceny Bourbon Review [In Depth]
Larceny Bourbon Details
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Type & Region: Bourbon, Kentucky, USA
Alcohol: 46%Composition: 68% corn, 20% wheat, 12% malted barley Aged: NAS, but website states that it’s a blend of 6-12 year old barrels
Price: $20-30 MSRP (750mL)
From the Heaven Hill website:
“Larceny is the heir to the wheated Bourbons that make up the historic Old Fitzgerald franchise that Heaven Hill acquired in 1999. In fact, it is the somewhat controversial history of John E. Fitzgerald and his eponymous Bourbon brand that provides the story, and name, to Larceny Bourbon.
Larceny Bourbon continues the Old Fitzgerald tradition of using wheat in place of rye as the third or “small” grain in the whiskey’s grain recipe, or mashbill as it is commonly known. The use of winter wheat replaces the spicier, fruitier flavor notes that rye provides with a softer, rounder character that is the hallmark of Old Fitzgerald and other “wheated” Bourbons.”
Larceny bourbon Overview
Larceny Small Batch bourbon is Heaven Hill’s wheated bourbon, competing with other “budget” wheaters such as Maker’s Mark and Weller Special Reserve. Even though there’s no age statement, Heaven Hill says that it’s blended from 6 to 12-year old barrels, making it essentially 6-years-old, like Maker’s Mark. For whatever reason, Larceny doesn’t get much attention, but I’ve also overlooked it quite a few times before.
For additional context, Heaven Hill also produces the limited release Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond, another wheated bourbon that ranges from 8-16 years depending on release, that’s more likely to be found in the secondary market. In some ways, Larceny Bourbon is to Old Fitzgerald as Weller Special Reserve is to William Larue Weller.
While Larceny Small Batch Bourbon may be overlooked by others, let’s give this a fair shot in this Larceny Bourbon review.
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Larceny small batch bourbon Smell
Whoa, Larceny Small Batch offers a lot of interesting scents for me to unravel. I first get this wonderful blend of sweet caramel, nougat, and floral / grassy notes with undertones of a darker sweetness that immediately remind of Maker’s Mark. It’s not a big surprise since Maker’s is also a wheated bourbon.
The floral and grassy notes wrapped up in the sweetness are especially interesting, reminding me of freshly cracked peanut shells, dried grass, bales of hay, and gently charred wood. I find the same floral and grassy nuttiness in Pikesville Rye, a rye whiskey, whereas Larceny has 0% rye. Then again, both of them are Heaven Hill whiskeys, so the nuttiness shouldn’t be a surprise.
Larceny Small Batch Bourbon has a very pleasant and distinctive nose. It’s both strange and interesting that it has Pikesville Rye’s floral, grassy, and nutty traits, minus the anise and mint, but that’s the beauty of exploring whiskey – there’s so much variety and so many opportunities to be surprised.
Larceny bourbon Taste and Aftertaste
Larceny Small Batch Bourbon’s sweet caramel, nuttiness, and grassiness carry over to my tongue. There’s a moderate wood influence and spice, primarily cinnamon extract and Red Hots, that add a little kick to the mellow alcohol.
Larceny Bourbon Rating
There’s so much hype around other wheated bourbons, but don’t sleep on Larceny Small Batch Bourbon. It’s simply very good and accessible bourbon, so go out and try it for yourself.
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