Batch No. A120. Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
In September 2012, Heaven Hill introduced the standard 92 proof Larceny to the market as heir to the wheated bourbons that make up the historic Old Fitzgerald franchise. The name Larceny and key pictured on the bottle is derived from the story of John Fitzgerald, who was believed to be a Treasury agent who used his keys to the warehouses to pilfer bourbon from the finest barrels, which were referred to as Fitzgerald barrels."
Similar to the strategy Heaven Hill utilizes with their Elijah Craig Barrel Proof line of multiple releases in a year, Larceny Barrel Proof will be released on an allocated basis three times per year: January, May and September. Each release will have different proofs and consist of bourbon aged six to eight years. The first character in the batch name designates which batch of the year that bottle came from, the numeral that follows represents the month of the release, and the last two digits indicate the corresponding year of the release.
A strong, yet tempered aroma of brown sugar, molasses, Cracker Jack, toasted oak, and walnut. Hints of orange, apple, and tobacco leaf gently mix in providing contrast and complexity. Its quite enjoyable, but not shockingly unique. Its nose is what youd expect from a barrel proof Larceny, which is exactly what this it needs to be.
A rush of sweet and bold flavors greets you, as gooey-sweet caramel, rich vanilla, brown sugar, mild cinnamon, and heavy oak provide the backbone of this bourbon. Its not overly complicated or challenging as it instead presents its flavors in a very drinkable way. Namely, it focuses on sweetness above all else. I also found rolling this bourbon around in my mouth opens up its flavors more and makes its best impression this way.
Some bitterness develops on the finish thats amplified by its ramp up of heat. Heavy oak, vanilla, and dark chocolate dominate the medium-length finish that does little to enhance the bourbon. While flavorful, its a straightforward affair thats a bit too bold at times and, as a result, forgoes the delightfulness of the palate.
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Larceny is a small batch wheated bourbon from the Bernheim Distillery in Louisville as part of the Heaven Hill family of spirits. The name derives from stories of John E. Fitzgerald (of Old Fitzgerald family fame) habit of using his personal keys to the bourbon warehouses to 'liberate' barrels of his favorite bourbon to give to family and friends. There have been numerous reports that Heaven Hill intends to replace the Old Fitzgerald line with larceny, but they are thus far unconfirmed.
Larceny is a small batch bourbon (100 barrels or less) of barrels from the middle three floors of the aging warehouse. The barrels that go into each batch are aged anywhere from 6 to 10 years. It is bottled at 92 proof.