Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B523 (May 2023)

Review: Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B523 (May 2023)

Summer is here, which can only mean that a fresh expression of Larceny Barrel Proof has arrived. Unlike Elijah Craig Barrel Proof B523, there are no big plot twists on Larceny’s latest. As always, it’s a full-strength expression of Heaven Hill’s modern classic wheated bourbon, Larceny.

B523 is right on target for the Larceny line, and as with A123, the whiskey is firing on all cylinders. A bright nose is perhaps a touch sweeter than the usual Larceny Barrel Proof bottling, evoking butterscotch alongside the usual notes of allspice, cinnamon, and ground coffee. Racy but not bruisingly boozy, I found it opened up well with a few drops of water, as is often the case with these releases, allowing the alcohol-driven heat to settle a bit and some subtle notes of eucalyptus to emerge.

It’s quite sweet on the palate, with lacings of anise, more exotic allspice, and a big burst of brown sugar. None of this is surprising — and the flavors on display won’t change any of your preconceived notions about Larceny — but again it strikes as an appealing and well-crafted wheater, slightly toasty with notes of banana bread before complementary notes of walnuts, milk chocolate sauce, and plenty of vanilla come into frame. The finish again feels a bit sweeter than the typical Larceny Barrel Proof, but that’s not a slight. Adding even more water late in the game really highlights the banana element and puts the drinker into the mindset of bourbony beach cocktails.

124.4 proof.


Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon Batch B523 (May 2023)




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