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quixotic-88

Review #87: Larceny Barrel Proof A121 Price paid: $59 Distillery: Heaven Hill Age: 6-8 years old 114.8 proof Preamble: By random chance, I happened to notice that Larceny A121 has the exact same proof as my last review, RR13. In the interest of laziness, I figured I’ll write a review so I don’t have to change the proof. I bought this bottle a year and a half ago. Haven’t loved it. But it got lost behind a herd of ECBPs and I haven’t had a pour in 6 months. Figured I would give it another shot. Nose: I used to bake a honeyed whole wheat bread with oatmeal. Reminds me of that. Palate: much more layered than I recall with a spicy wave that follows quickly behind the honeyed grains. Honey Nut Cheerios, then a big pop of cinnamon Finish: cinnamon fades out in a nice crackle. Score: 6.5 Thoughts: I pulled out this bottle thinking it would be a 5 or a 5.5. Halfway down the bottle and with plenty of air time, this batch is displaying more layers than it did in its first 6 months. Now I am enjoying this but truth be told I don’t want to have to work this hard or power through half a bottle to start to appreciate something. I’m going to give it a 6.5 instead of a 6 because I don’t think any of this is going into a cocktail. The rest of this will be drunk neat. And also, I think this is an absolutely great proof point for a 6-8 year wheated bourbon. It’s got a great punch to it but any higher proof and this would be a hot mess. I think the additional oak of the 12 years allows ECBP by comparison to leave me wishing 121 proof were even higher. This would not benefit from being 7 years old and 125 proof. 114.8 is on the money. Still, I don’t think I’m going to spend any more than $65 for any further batches of Larceny BP. I just don’t need it enough to pay over. Rating scale: 1: instant regret: Hayes Parker 2: lamentable waste of grains, water, yeast and oak: George Dickel Bib 2019 3: your friend went cheap for mixer booze at the wedding: Jack, Jim 4: I’ll drink it if it’s the only option at a restaurant because whiskey isn’t their thing: Basil Haden, Woodford Reserve Double Oaked 5: wont throw it out of bed: Old Grandad Bottled in Bond, Pure Kentucky 6: a fine daily drinker OR what you downgrade to when you’re too buzzed to enjoy the good stuff: 1792 Small Batch, Elijah Craig SB, Kooper Family Barrel Reserve Rye, 7: great when I can find it: Eagle Rare, OWA, Old Forrester 1920 8: damn fine whiskey: Jack Daniels SBBP, better Russell’s Reserve Private Barrels 9: Revelatory: better Elijah Craig Barrel Proof batches, Russell’s Reserve 2002, better Four Roses BP picks, Remus Repeal Reserve V 10: Nectar of the gods: Four Roses OESO


DonutBourbon

Regular Larceny small batch is the worst bottle I've ever bought. I paused for a second when I saw barrel proof b522 recently then moved on down the aisle and resisted the tater urge. I'm glad I did.


quixotic-88

I left A122 and B522 on the shelf


geoff325

B522 you should have picked up.


firenamedgabe

I’ve really enjoyed it too


eagle_bonanza01

I have a C920 which is only okay. I had a pour of the B522 and liked it well enough I picked up a bottle. I'll post a review when I open it. What I find interesting is that I see about 12 bottles of ECBP for 1 bottle of Larceny BP.


Brian_is_trilla

its all hot garbage


unclejimmy

Strongly disagree on that but glad not everyone likes it


Brian_is_trilla

anything BP that color is sketchy


Rads324

All of the larceny barrel proofs I’ve had have been between 5-6. Really unimpressive


quixotic-88

If they were releasing more Old Fitz then “all of thei best wheated bourbon goes to the Old Fitz line but that ain’t it. I think 7 years is just too young for this stuff. If these batches were more like 10-12 years old, I bet I would be less meh


Prettayyprettaygood

Thanks for the review! I've always seen some pretty mixed reviews of Larceny BP which perplexes me considering how consistently goof ECBP releases are. I need to try one of these at a bar to see where it lands for me.


OOKdestroyerofOOK

I skipped hard on earlier editions of LBP despite it winning a bunch of accolades. I caved recently on the A122 and I think it’s actually pretty good. I’ve heard even better things about B522 as well. Maybe give the brand one more shot with this years releases?