Larceny Bourbon Review

Larceny Bourbon is handcrafted by Heaven Hill Distillery. They’re the largest independent, family-owned, and operated whiskey distillery in America. Larceny Bourbon is very specifically inspired by the legacy of John E. Fitzgerald. He was a bonded U.S. Treasury Agent who had access to the rickhouses, where bourbon barrels were stored and aged. Using his keys, Fitzgerald would let himself into the rickhouses, thieve bourbon from the best barrels, and take jugs of it home for himself. Thus, he gained a true taste and appreciation for different styles and ages of bourbons. Plus, he began the legacy of great bourbon with a side of mischief. 

Bourbon Glass With Cigar and Barrel

Heaven Hill's distillers select a limited number of barrels for Larceny’s six-year-old taste profile. They come from specific floor locations in the rickhouse. According to the distillery's website, they are "Continuing the tradition of Old Fitzgerald using wheat in place of rye as the secondary grain in the mash bill, Larceny uses more wheat than any of its competitors for a softer, rounder character." According to "The mash bill for Larceny is the same used for Old Fitzgerald: 68 percent corn, 20 percent wheat and 12 percent malted barley." This family of wheated Bourbons includes Larceny Small Batch, Larceny Barrel Proof, and Old Fitzgerald Bottled-in-Bond.


Larceny Bourbon has a bright, fresh, copper appearance. In the glass, it can also be described as a medium amber, with brown streaks. 


The nose of this particular bourbon is activated with a simple swirl of your glass. It has warm, sweet notes of fresh bread and butterscotch. With another sniff of your glass, notes of buttery, sweet toffee gently greet the senses. The nose is pleasantly fragrant and delightfully complex. It's definitely not one to shock the senses with an abrasive scent. 


The palate of this bourbon is as delightful as the nose. The sweet and scrumptious butterscotch and caramel tones transfer to the palate. The overall taste is buttered caramel, with a warm and rich mouthfeel. There is a hint of grassiness and floral notes, with a bit of a roundabout nuttiness. The Whiskey Shelf suggests "chewing" the bourbon. This helps to activate the underlying flavors of peach and citrus, bread, and milk chocolate to complement the cinnamon and pepper. The finish of this bourbon is described as "Long, gently sweet, and savory."

Final Thoughts:

Larceny Bourbon is an award-winning bourbon. It truly excels in the field of middle-of-the-road quality bourbons, and for good reason. Larceny is the recipient of the Double Gold in the 2022 Tag Spirit Awards, the Gold Award in the 2021 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, and 93 Points in the 2022 World Spirits Competition, as well as numerous other awards. This "budget" bourbon ranges in price from $20 to $30 per bottle. For a 92-proof whiskey like this one, we think it is a great deal. Larceny Bourbon is, in our opinion, a fabulous bourbon for beginners and seasoned bourbon connoisseurs alike. The nutty sweetness dances gracefully on the tongue, without an abrasive mouthfeel. We highly recommend giving this bourbon a try, whether it be straight up, on the rocks, or in a cocktail. (Try the Kentucky Mule recipe that Heaven Hill Distillery has on their website.) We highly recommend decanting this fragrant and delicious bourbon for the ultimate flavor. We would love to know what you think! Have you tried Larceny Bourbon?

Cullinan Diamond M Decanter

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