Sipp’n Corn Tasting Notes: Larceny Barrel Proof Batch B520.

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)
Cost:               $49.99

Appearance:
Dark amber.  Very similar to Larceny Barrel Proof batch A120.

Nose:
Wonderfully sweet butterscotch with elegant herbal aromas, blackberry, and oak char.  It’s mouthwatering like a wheated bourbon should be.

Taste:
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.

Finish:
Medium in length with a fantastic swell.

Bottom Line

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.
Thank you.

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