It’s hard keeping track of the roughly quarterly barrel proof releases of Heaven Hill’s Elijah Craig and Larceny bourbons, so this time out we’re giving you a two-fer of Larceny looks, including the A121 and B521 releases. As a reminder, these wheated bourbon releases are always drawn and blended from a mix of barrels aged 6 to 8 years old.
Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch A121 (January 2021) – Relatively easygoing from the start, with a happy mix of spices, red hots, butterscotch, and menthol all evident. Things heat up a bit on the palate, which showcases a gritty barrel char note and a surprising savoriness, somewhat dusty with hints of chimney ash. Chewy and tight on the finish, a gentle sweetness emerges, along with a bit of chocolate in the mix. Water’s quite a help, coaxing out some rather big cherry notes that really elevate the experience. 114.8 proof. A-
Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B521 (May 2021) – Immediately hotter and more savory on the nose, this whiskey offers aromas of sesame seed and green wood, plus plenty of barrel char. Some petrol notes are evident here, giving the approach a somewhat harsh character. Quite dry on the palate and distinctly floral, elements of cherry pit and fresh-cut grains quickly emerge, though a light maple note tempers these qualities with some needed sweetness. It’s aggressive and hot at full strength, the finish showing an enduring, drying spice and a relative lack of balance. Again, water is almost essential for B521, helping to bring the whiskey into better balance, its body becoming creamier and more buttery, with clearer notes of vanilla. 121 proof. B+