I was so happy to see that Heaven Hill decided to release a barrel proof version of its popular Larceny wheated bourbon, and I enjoyed its first release, Batch A120. I received a sample of Batch B520 last month and right off the bat it was impressive. After my standard three separate tastes and then a blind taste against some peer rivals, I’m saving the last pour to taste blind against this fall’s limited releases; it’s that good.
Larceny Barrel Proof B520 Tasting Notes
Bourbon: Larceny Barrel Proof Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Age: NAS, but probably 6-8 years
ABV: 61.1% (122.2 proof)
Dark amber. Very similar to Larceny Barrel Proof batch A120.
Wonderfully sweet butterscotch with elegant herbal aromas, blackberry, and oak char. It’s mouthwatering like a wheated bourbon should be.
The first sip seals the deal. It’s creamy with caramel, oak, honey, and vanilla driving the sweetness and the right amount of spice for balance.
Medium in length with a fantastic swell.
Larceny Barrel Proof continues to fire on all cylinders with B520 outshining A120. Larceny can really position itself as a market leader with its readily available standard Larceny and three regular releases per year of the Barrel Proof version. After completing my review, I tried batch B520 blind against two other wheated bourbons of similar age—one at 107 proof and the other at a cask strength of 113.3 proof. Larceny Barrel Proof crushed them.
Disclaimer: The brand managers
kindly sent me a sample for this review,
without any strings attached.