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Larceny Bourbon Review – Wheated Bourbon [2021]

Last updated Feb 2, 2021

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by Matty Sims

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Larceny bourbon was released in 2012 as the successor to the Old Fitzgerald brand which Heaven Hill controlled but had only released bottom shelf bourbon from. According to Heaven Hill, Larceny and Old Fitzgerald are made with 25% more wheat than “other” wheated bourbons.

Larceny borrows from the legend of the Old Fitzgerald brand. As legend has it, John E. Fitzgerald was a treasury agent with keys to the bourbon warehouses which he used to swipe the best bourbon from honey barrels. The brand Old Fitzgerald began in the early 1900s as a pot still whiskey until 1913. It continued to distill “medicinal” whiskey during prohibition and was later sold to the infamous Pappy Van Winkle and the Stitzel-Weller distillery. He bought the brand for $10,000 and added the “Whisper of Wheat” to the original Old Fitz recipe.

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. Old Fitzgerald was distilled at Stitzel-Weller until 1992 then moved production to Bernheim Distillery by Diageo (which they later sold — the Bernheim Distillery and the Old Fitz brand — to Heaven Hill.

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Larceny Wheated Bourbon Review

Larceny Wheated Bourbon

Larceny Wheated Bourbon
Larceny Wheated BourbonDetails
In the Barrel125 Proof
In the Bottle92 Proof
ABV46%
Mashbill68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley
Distilled and AgedBardstown, KY
AgeUp to 6-years-old
StyleSmall Batch, Non-Chill Filtered
Size750 mL
Suggested MSRP$25
DistilleryHeaven Hill Distillery
Bardstown, KY
ProsSmooth Finish with Just the Right Amount of Oak and Spice
ConsOnce You Taste the Larceny Barrel Proof, It's Hard Not to Miss the Big, Bold Flavors Unlocked
AvailabilityReadily Available
RatingSilver 🥈 86 out of 100 Points

Awards

  • SIP Awards, Double Gold 2019
  • San Francisco World Spirits Competition, Double Gold 2014
  • The Spirit Journal, 5 Star Rating 2013
  • 86 Points – The Bourbon Bard Silver Medal Award

Larceny in the Glass

Larceny has great glass coverage with thick legs. The color is honey.

Nose – 86 out of 100 Points

Larceny’s nose is full of rock fruit and light caramel with vanilla and oak.

Taste – 86 out of 100 Points

It’s stewed apples and baking spice with oak as the backdrop. It’s refreshing with white pepper on the back of the palate.

Finish – 87 out of 100 Points

The finish medium with vanilla, oak, and baking spice. It’s a solid finish for a 92 proof wheater.

Verdict – Silver 🥈 86 out of 100 Points

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Larceny bourbon is light and refreshing with just enough oak and baking spice. Plus unlike other popular wheated bourbons, it’s readily available anytime you want to enjoy a pour.

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