Larceny Bourbon

Larceny Bourbon


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•  Small batch, from a dump of 100 barrels
•  Wheat recipe
•  Sweet, smoot and rich
•  ABV 46%, 100cl


Larceny Bourbon is a small batch bourbon whisky from Heaven Hill. It was released in 2012 so, as an entity itself, it is fairly new.

However, the story behind it goes back over 130 years. It also known as John E. Fitzgerald Larceny, named after the man behind the legendary Old Fitzgerald brand of bourbon. He lived in the late 1800s and early 1900s. The story told in the American whisky business for years was that he started producing bourbon in the 1870s, selling it to steam ships and train operators in the southern US states. He then sold the brand and distillery he had created to Pappy Van Winkle at the end of prohibition. Van Winkle is said to have added wheat to the recipe, creating one of the most popular and enduring bourbon brands in history.

However, there is now uncertainty over this story. Pappy Van Winkle's granddaughter, in a book about the family and its distilling business, tells a very different story. It appears John E. Fitzgerald was not an entrepreneur and whisky distiller, but rather a bonded treasury agent. They were the people who held keys to the bonded warehouses where bourbon was aged. According to the lore, Mr Fitzgerald used his keys to get in to the warehouses where he would help himself to glasses of bourbon taken from the best barrels. Pappy Van Winkly was said to be so impressed by the distinguished tastes of this pilfering government agent that he named a bourbon after him - Old Fitzgerald.

That is where Heavin Hill got the name Larceny. The 92 Proof part of the label obviously refers to the alcohol strength, which is ABV 46%.

Larceny Bourbon is a small batch whisky, produced from just 100 barrels. This is true small batch, as opposed to the many hundreds, or even thousands of barrels some other so-called "small batch" bourbons are made from.

It is a wheated bourbon, so wheat is the second grain in the mashbill instead of the more usual rye. The barrels are aged for varying amounts of time, with some as young as 4 years and others as long as 20 years. Heaven Hill says the taste profile of Larceny Bourbon is of a 6-year-old.

Larceny Bourbon is an exceptionally smooth, almost velvety bourbon whisky, the result of the wheated mashbill. It is sweet and rich, with tastes of caramel. It is also a great price for a bourbon whisky of this quality.

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 Heaven Hill Distilleries, Bardstown, Kentucky, USA
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