Oh Larceny Bourbon. Your dessert like qualities, refined yet rowdy texture and benedictine meets bourbon spiced cherries scent make you one hell of a sipping bourbon. Neat no ice and you’re the perfect compliment to a hearty meal and filled with those wonderful sweet wheat qualities you get in Maker’s Mark, W.L. Weller, Pappy and all the others that share that wheater category save maybe Rebel Yell which always tastes bitter to me.
Larceny Bourbon gets it’s name from John E. Fitzgerald who was a treasury agent who used his keys to Kentucky bourbon warehouses to steal premium barrels of bourbon and bottle them under his own brand Old Fitzgerald. Over the years the Old Fitz brand changed hands many hands and was once owned by Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle but now is owned by Heaven Hill, the maker of Larceny Bourbon.
Larceny Bourbon Info
Region: Kentucky, USA
Distiller: Heaven Hill
Mashbill: They ain’t sayin’
Cask: New harred oak
Larceny Bourbon Review
Deep caramel with hints of red
A very pleasant blend of cherries, benedictine, corn, sweet maltiness and a touch of oak and spice.
First up we have some molasses, caramel and vanilla. Mix in some cherries, spiced cider, citrus, sugared malt, Sugar Daddy’s and a hint of spiced lemon cake wrapped in a nicely oaked package.
BALANCE, BODY & FEEL
Decent balance, medium body and a nice feel. Far smoother and easier to drink than one might think a 92 proof bourbon would be.
Medium finish that’s a bit like a malted milk ball (minus the chocolate) crossed with a sugar daddy and some oak.
Larceny Bourbon is a decent sipping bourbon. It’s full of flavor and has a bit of an oaky kick to it that pairs well with the sweetness. It’s a robust whiskey that pulls off the wheated softness without becoming weak and spineless. It’s a whisky I could drink any time and not get bored with and the 92 proof makes it a prime candidate for cocktails. If you’re looking for a good bourbon at a decent price then you should definitely give Larceny Bourbon a try.
SCORE: 87/100 (B+)
Larceny Bourbon Review - Score Breakdown
- Nose - 88
- Palate - 89
- Finish - 87
- Balance, Body & Feel - 87
Summary = Larceny Bourbon is a darn good whiskey, especially for the price!
Larceny Bourbon: Last Glass Update (06-13-16)
Here we are at the end of the line for this bottle of Larceny Bourbon and what a ride it’s been. Since reviewing this bottle I’ve had a host of wheaters (wheat heavy bourbon) to compare it to, including an expansive Old Fitzgerald Vertical Tasting. So I’ve had some time to think and as far as a cheap and delicious wheated bourbons go, Larceny Bourbon is hard to beat it. Even under my updated scoring it rated quite well here at the end. Looking over my 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 empty notes I don’t see any reason to adjust the score by more than a point (+1). It’s a solid whiskey that’s worth picking up.
FINAL VERDICT: This is a buy all day long. Good whiskey at a great price.