Belatedly, we’re finally getting around to the final Larceny Barrel Proof release from 2021, C921, which shipped in September.
The wheated bourbon is one of the better offerings from the Larceny Barrel Proof catalog that I’ve encountered since the series launched in early 2020. The nose is ripe and rich with dark, stewed fruits and a layer of baking spice, though it’s kept in check by notes of leathery horse saddle and a moderate amount of oak. Things get quite peppery as the whiskey develops in the glass, though the spiciness complements the intense, brooding fruitiness surprisingly well.
The palate feels sweeter than the nose would indicate, lots of cherry and orange peel giving the whiskey an Old Fashioned character, complete with ample notes of chocolate — a classic part of the Larceny experience. Plenty of baking spice and toasted oak linger throughout — with emerging blackberry notes late in the game, after significant time in glass. The finish comes across as a bit dusty and slightly oxidized, however, giving the experience a bit of austerity and gravitas. Fortunately, that works pretty well with everything that’s come before.
There’s lots going on here, but on the whole this is an accessible and versatile whiskey that is fun to delve into for an extended drinking session. Again, it’s one of the better Larceny Barrel Proof releases to date.