Larceny is the next level up from Heaven Hill’s Old Fitzgerald. From Heaven Hill, Kentucky (they acquired the classic Old Fitzgerald franchise in 1999.)
Mash Bill: Details unknown, but it’s more than 51% Corn, and the next most common grain is wheat, then barley. This means that this bourbon is a wheater – a bourbon where the second largest component of the mash bill is wheat instead of the more traditional rye.
46% ABV/92 Proof.
No age statement: Other reviewers who have spoken to people at Heaven Hill hold that it is between 6 to 12 years old.
How was it? When I first tried Larceny, I wasn’t overly impressed, but that may be because I tried it soon after two of my favorites: Blanton’s, and Old Weller Antique.
So I have been trying Larceny a couple more times over the last two weeks. Now my opinion of it has increased.
Color: Deep caramel. Nose – perhaps a hint of brown sugar, cherry and oak. Very pleasant, just the right strength. Palate: Just a hint of oak, corn and citrus. This is really good for an inexpensive whiskey!
Time to experiment. On rare occasion I’ve had a bourbon with cocoa notes, but that’s rare to find. So I wanted to see if I could recreate the experience. I took 50 ml of Larceny, and added just a drop of Creme de Cacao (Arrow), then let it sit for a couple of days. I certainly didn’t add much – I’m not a fan of flavored/sweetened whiskies. Just wanted to see if a hint of cocoa would develop. Upon trying I discovered that the infused bourbon lost Larceny’s crisp, clean palate. It didn’t, at all, deliver the cocoa notes that I had been hoping for. Rather, the infusion simply muddled the original flavors, without adding much worthy of note. So I tried it again; this time pouring an ounce of Larceny, and adding in a few drops of Creme de Cacao, stirred, and let it sit for a few minutes. Didn’t help. No improvement.