John E. Fitzgerald “LARCENY” Very Special Small Batch Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey is a wheated bourbon offered up at 92 proof from Old Fitzgerald Distillery (Heaven Hill). From their website : “Our Master Distillers have selected a limited number of barrels from specific floor locations in the rickhouse that have reached peak maturity for Larceny, a six-year-old taste profile. Our small batch is typically 200 barrels or fewer. Mingling barrels in limited quantities, like Larceny, are exceptional examples of the Bourbon-making craft.”
The story to accompany this whiskey is as follows (taken from the bottle itself): “John E. Fitzgerald’s weakness was fine Bourbon and he faced temptation every day. As a treasury agent with the only set of keys to the rickhouse, taking from barrels was easy. But he didn’t just take from any barrels, he took from the best barrels. Some say he was a thief. Others claim he was a man of great taste. This is the legend of Larceny. Unlock the smoothness and decide for yourself.”
As is the case, the stories that accompany a whiskey can be as enjoyable as the whiskey itself (though not always “truth”); sometimes more. And this whiskey truly has an interesting story. Does the whiskey live up to it? Let’s see!
To find out more about this whiskey, please visit their website: larcenybourbon.com.
AGE: NAS (6-12 years)
SERVED: Neat / Glencairn Glass
COLOR: Medium Amber with a touch of red.
Coats the glass thin and then forms long thin legs,
NOSE: After letting it rest and breathe (always recommended), slight alcohol, cherries, corn, touch of spice, licorice, ripe bananas, and a sliver of oak.
PALATE: Thin on the tongue. Vanilla and cherries lead, medium alcohol burn along with cinnamon and some spice jump in, and roasted corn and oak round out the sip.
FINISH: Medium finish. Sweet of vanilla and caramel wash over the spices in the pallet, lingering with some mild oak and maybe a touch of smokiness.
OVERVIEW: This is a very affordable wheated whiskey that is easy to drink. The packaging is distinctive enough to grab your eye, yet not take up large amounts of real estate on your shelf. Some state that it is better on ice, or with a touch of water added, but for me it is more than fine neat. It is an easy sipper as well as would make a wonderful mixer if your tastes go in that direction. The 92 proof is about right for its flavor profile and any less would not be desirable for me. It isn’t complex, but it is pleasant. I would consider this a very nice hot day bourbon (normally I drink Irishs on the hotter days). It has enough body to let you know you are having bourbon, but not so heavy as to weight you down. I enjoy the vanilla, spice then oak. Each sip is predictable, and I have no problem recommending this whiskey. If you enjoy wheated whiskey, by all means pick up a bottle. And at its price, it would be hard not to. Cheers!
PRICE: $27 (Though this is in the higher range for price. It can be gotten normally for $20-25 on average.)