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Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Batch B524 125.4 Proof

  • Rating: 8
  • Value: 9
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Proof: 125.4 Proof ( 62.7 %)
Age: Blend of 6 to 8 Year Old Whiskies
Price: $64.99 750 ML
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Actually surprised how much I liked this particular release.

Notes: I am going to skip most of my usual intros for this line of Barrel Proof Straight Bourbon Whiskey, as most of you have read the past intros for both the whiskey and the company in past reviews. If you have not, please consult the earlier release reviews for more background.

This is the 12th release of the Larceny Barrel Proof we have reviewed.
As usual, this is a blend of six—to eight-year-old straight bourbons. Each one is subtly ( or sometimes not so subtly but still within the house style) different from the others to maintain interest and differentiate them.

This is the latest release of the Larceny Barrel Proof series. It is also the second edition for this year (2024), and this is the twelfth release of this series. There has been much controversy over the age statements and the lack thereof recently. Please note that this number is the youngest barrel in the blend, and the ages and proportions change to meet the profile they are blending in each release. The age range is unlikely to change as it might alter the basic profile a bit too far. Also, it is worth noting that it is non-chill filtered and uncut (no water added to the final blend- all barrel proof – or the average of all the barrel proofs of each barrel in the blend mixed and averaged in to be accurate), and the mash bill is 68% corn, 20% wheat, and 12% malted barley.

Appearance: Clear dark amber, starting a promising transition from gold to red – a sign of maturity in aging bourbon. A nice medium amber like a medium maple syrup. A light to medium oily coating on the glass when swirled.

First Impression: Lovely aromatics to this one.Corn, barley, and an underpinning of wheat/bready notes with traces of mint, caramel malt, and allspice. Overall a harmonious blend of aromatics. The fact

Taste: Slightly oily entry – which given the high proof is a t least slightly remarkable ( and welcome) .Slightly sweet, mint/grassy notes with a touch of barrel char,leather and tobacco underlying spicy allspice or Vietnamese cinnamon notes. Grain malt and leather notes on the finish.Overall a remarkably smooth and flavorful whiskey. Easy drinking for a 125 proof plus whiskey !

Drinks: Usually, a little water opens the whiskey up beautifully. However, I think this is not the case with this particular release. Best enjoyed unadulterated. But if you are going to add a little water, bear these suggestions in mind: Use some warm ( but not hot) filtered water if you can, and use a Riedel, Glencairn, NEAT, or similar worthy tasting glass. Makes beautiful classic whiskey cocktails – any that call for either bourbon or rye. We tried a number of them, and they were all outstanding. You may or may not want to adjust slightly for proof, but you really don’t need to from a flavor and subtlety standpoint- it is that seductively smooth. Just be careful about overall consumption as you may not care, but significant others, friends, and certainly law enforcement may feel differently.

Bottle: Can’t comment as we were not given a production bottle to review.

Past Releases: This is a list of past releases we have reviewed. There are some gaps and batches we missed somehow, so it is NOT the exhaustive list we would like, but simply what we were able to review.

(We have reviewed twelve so far). The range of proof from high to low is 114.8 – 126.6

The first release of 2024 was Lot A124 at 124.2 Proof, It was a good release if a bit hot on the palate.

The first release of 2023 was Lot A123 at 125.8 in January. That was one of the better ones in a while. This was followed by Lot B523 at 124.4 Proof in May, which was one of my favorites for the year and the last few years. Lot C923 is the 3rd and final release of 2023 of the new Larceny Barrel Proof series, a barrel-proof product for this year.  At 126.4, it is at the higher end of the proof range (114.8 – 126.6) to date and 2 points higher than its previous release this year but still slightly lower in proof than the current highest, the September of 2022, which was not one of our favorites to be frank. Proof, especially higher proof, is no guarantee of better flavor or overall integration of flavors.

The releases for 2022 were as follows. The first release/batch was in January of 2022, Labeled “A 1 22” at 124.4 proof, and the second was B521 at 123.8 Proof. The third and most disappointing batch of the year was the September release of c922 126.6 Proof.

The previous years’ releases (2021) are as follows: the first batch we reviewed was the A121 at  114.8 proof, the second one was B521 at 121 proof, and the third and final one was  (C921) which weighed a touch heavier in proof at 122.6.

Previous releases of 2020 we have reviewed were the A120, the B520 122.2,  and the final batch for that year, the C920 122.4. These were the debut and first examples of the Larceny Barrel Proof line.

Standard proof for Larceny is 92 proof, so you are getting ( roughly)  about 1/3 more alcohol and a more flavor-concentrated profile than the standard. There are going to be three releases of this whiskey each year: January (Done), May (This One), and September – so look out for them! The proofs have and will vary slightly, and so will the taste to a limited degree. They will want to preserve the brand profile, but that does not mean any variation to keep it interesting – just not a huge departure from batch to batch. Some other side note on this: Finally, someone has defined what they call a small batch – a previously very slippery and elastic term in the whiskey industry – in this case, 200 barrels or less. In case you were interested, that translates into roughly 7-8,000 bottles depending on the Angels’ share and assorted spillage and shrinkage factors. They also have specified that the Heaven Hill wheated bourbon mashbill ( of course, since it is an outgrowth of the Fitzgerald line) is being used. The mashbill is 68% corn, 20% wheat, and 12 % malted barley. The age range of the barrels used in the blend is from 6 to 8 years, with the profile striving to be that of a 6-year-old bourbon but a very mature 6-year-old.

For an explanation of Barrel Proof, please look in our classification section. . This barrel-proof series has between 3 and 4 releases a year at different proofs due to the variations of the batches. The Larceny Barrel Proof series will also vary in color and taste within a certain (company and brand profile) degree so that each one will be different up to that point. Barrels falling outside that profile will probably end up in larger blends or, in extreme cases, sold off to be used somewhere else under a different name.
The Batch letter is the code for which release it is for the year (A, B, C, and D are batches 1,2,3,4 for the year, the First digit is the month (1-January, 5 – May, 9- September), the second two numbers denote the year ( in this case 2023).

Other: I just realized we have reviewed 80 Heaven Hill Whiskies and 7 other products at this last count. They certainly spanned a wide range of products, price points, and, in some cases, quality. But they were and are usually good to excellent, and a fair number outstanding. Another sobering note is that Heaven Hill now represents less than 1% of all our reviews (1240 at last count) . I could say something about Spirits Review being a memorial to various body parts or my life in general, but I will save that for another time…. Or maybe someone can write it after I am gone…

I have compiled a list of them HERE for your perusal. Unfortunately, many have already been hunted to extinction, but the list may prove useful in identifying at least the family of spirits you may want to try as new versions roll out.

Final Thoughts: A very smooth but flavorful release. Well worth considering grabbing a few extra to enjoy over time.

Website: larcenybourbon.com

It loads quickly and is easy to navigate. Compared to their other websites, though, this one is pretty sparse on information, especially on past releases or comparative tasting notes.

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