Larceny Bourbon

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Larceny Bourbon’s innovated name owes itself to legendary whiskey thief John E. Fitzgerald. His penchant for stealing bourbons straight from their aging barrels gives inspiration to this new Kentucky Bourbon that has been released from Heaven Hill. Like other favorites such as Maker’s Mark or Pappy Van Winkle, this bourbon is wheated – this time from the mind of Parker’s Heritage and makers Evan Williams and Elijah Craig. Unlike the more traditional rye, the wheat is used as the flavoring grain. This difference results in a bourbon that is softer, less spicy, and fuller than those flavored by rye.

With fewer than 100 barrels aged between 6 and 12 years, this bourbon is known as “small batch” and is indicated on the label. It is a good sign when a branded whiskey is made by the same company doing the marketing. This means you not only know where the whiskey is made (Heaven Hill), you also know it is not a combination of other “mystery” liquors from unknown producers any of which can change the flavor of the next batch if it is not exactly the same.

Nose: If you get a good whiff of this bourbon, you will recognize the familiar notes of corn syrup, wood chips, and cherry cough syrup. However, as you get deeper into the nose, you will pick up hints of wood sap and even cake frosting. You may also notice a slightly astringent scent, though not as harsh as paint thinner. It has a quite woody aroma, and will definitely tickle your nose.

Larceny Bourbon

Palate: With a 46 percent ABV content, the burn may catch you a little off-guard. The feel is quite viscous in the mouth. First you will encounter the flavor notes of balsa wood and marshmallow. As you savor, woody and grassy flavors emerge, with an obvious tang of oak tannins causing your mouth to dry and pucker. As you finish your sip, you will end with notes of caramel and hazelnut butter.

Finish: Burnt caramel, tannin, and tobacco. The flavor lingers for a medium amount of time. As it fades the flavor goes from slightly on the bitter side to a sweet and soft flavor reminiscent of Tootsie Rolls. The experience ends with notes of apricot pits.

With Water: If you serve this bourbon with water, the astringent quality will be picked up, leaving the nose reminding you of wine. You will also taste vanilla. The water will soften the amount of burn on the tongue, however, you may notice an unpleasant not of charcoal or ash.

Overall: While the nose on this bourbon is overly biting and a little lackluster, it has an abundance of flavors that will intrigue the palate, finishing with a pleasant and not bitter feel. It may benefit from resting longer in the glass. Wheat has a pleasing effect on bourbon. It tends to evoke vanilla instead of cinnamon. Personally, I prefer it over Maker’s Mark, however, it won’t top Pappy Van Winkle. You can’t go wrong with Larceny bourbon. It’s $25 (or less) and is great for either mixing or sipping. If you have found yourself underwhelmed by the popular Maker’s Mark brand, give this one a try instead.




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