Heaven Hill Distillery
Undisclosed (Corn, Wheat, Malted Barley)
History – Heaven Hill has created a brand that has a historical reference behind it that goes deep into the history of the Fitzgerald name. From the Larceny Website the History is explained like this and gives an in depth glance into the Larceny Branding. “Fitzgerald was a bonded U.S. Treasury Agent who had access to the rickhouses, where Bourbon barrels were stored & aged. His position gave him the means and the opportunity to steal tastes of some of the best Bourbon. Using his keys, Fitzgerald would let himself into the rickhouses, thieve Bourbon from the best barrels, and take jugs of it home for himself. When it came time to dump the barrels, some were found to be unusually light—and exceptionally smooth. These barrels became known as ‘Fitzgerald Barrels.’ Even when the brand was later sold to famous whiskey man Pappy Van Winkle, the Fitzgerald name—and his reputation—endured.” – LarcenyBourbon.com. Larceny has a rich history behind the name and this story makes this bottle very unique.
Value – For $24 I think that this bourbon is a great price for those that are looking for a sweeter more standardized bourbon that has a good name behind it like Heaven Hill. Most wheated bourbons are higher in price but this price point puts it right on the map for every bourbon enthusiast in the market!
Appearance – Copper in color and the bottle is very awesome and attractive. Its keyhole shape pays respect to the history behind the bottle and all of the writing that is around it. By looking at this bottle it tells a story of what Heaven Hill is trying to portray. The keys behind the bottle label itself are very cool along with a statement of a wheated mashbill which will drive many types of bourbon fans to this welcoming statement. Wheated bourbons are known for their sweetness and softness.
Nose – Apricot, Port, Fresh Wood and Licorice. This nose really brings much to the forefront for this bourbon. It tells a story of what is to come with its almost fruity sense, wine feel and woody smell. You can see why the palate is what it is just by smelling this bourbon.
Palate – Light, Smooth. Heavy Oak, Lots of Cinnamon, Ginger, Maple Syrup and thin. This is an easy drinker which is also a no brainer due to its wheated mashbill. Many people compare this bourbon to Weller products. I would say that although similar it has its own advantages here. It has a lighter palate feel and deep oak taste with an aftertaste of burning cinnamon. I love the burn comes at the end and then rolls into the finish.
Finish – Long, Light on the front but lingering for 15 – 20 seconds very delightful. Wow, what a sip! You would think that due to its thin palate that it would not pack the long finish that it does but you would be wrong.
Summary – I think that Larceny sometimes gets a bad wrap from some more experienced people in the market. They are die hard wheated bourbon fans that enjoy the more expensive and rarer bourbons such as Weller and Pappy Van Winkle. Other brands such as Woodford Reserve have come out in the market with their own wheated bourbons but still at a much higher price point than Larceny.
“While taking a critical eye on this product I see some specifics to be critical about but overall this bourbon is not a bad deal. Larceny is a product that is worth the price and worth the experience for all bourbon enthusiasts!“– Andrew Workman
Uniqueness – 1-10 – 9
Appearance- 1-10 – 10
Nose- 1-20 – 13
Palate- 1-20 – 12
Finish- 1-20 – 16
Value- 1-20 – 20
Andrew Workman on 9/06/2022
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