Larceny Barrel Proof B524 Review

“Barrel Proof Series”

The second batch of the annual Larceny barrel proof trilogy has arrived! I must say that I’ve been a fan of the series since batch A121 and have tried to get a bottle, or at least a taste, of every batch since then. The Larceny brand is a wheated bourbon with a mash bill of 68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley. Time for a pour and get to work on this Larceny Barrel Proof B524 review!

Batch B524 is the 14th release in the Larceny Barrel Proof series which first released in January 2020.

Series: Larceny Barrel Proof – released 3 times per year
Classification: Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey
Age: 6 – 8 years
Proof: 125.4
Batch Designation: Small Batch
Proof Designation: Barrel Proof
Filtered Status: Non-Chill Filtered
Mash bill: 68% Corn, 20% Wheat, 12% Malted Barley
Barrel Char Level: 3
Barrel Entry Proof: 125
Distillate Source: Old Fitzgerald
Distillery: Heaven Hill
Company: Heaven Hill
Bottled By: Old Fitzgerald Distillery
Distilled/Aging Location: Bardstown, Kentucky
Master Distiller: Conor O’Driscoll
Release Date: May 2024
MSRP: $65
Secondary Market: $80
Availability: Some Hunting

Larceny Barrel Proof Batch B524 Review
Larceny Barrel Proof B524 Review

My tasting reviews are unique in that I include the notes of several well-known whiskey critics. The hope is that this format will help me and others to explore and expand their tasting experience. After you have taken your own tasting notes, read the reviews and see if there is a flavor note that others discerned that now you can detect as well.

Legs

Beads began to form on the crown at about 7 seconds, the legs started to form at 20 seconds, and the first legs reached the bowl at about 58 seconds.

Nose

Caramel, vanilla, fennel seed, cinnamon, a hint of apple pie, light fig.

Other Reviewer’s Perceptions

Breaking Bourbon: Heavy caramel | Spicy pepper | Potent barrel char | Melted chocolate | Cinnamon | Roasted mixed nuts | Fresh baked bread

Bourbon Guy: Cinnamon, brown sugar, and oak.

Bourbon Banter: Toasted bread, with maple and cinnamon.

Palate

Caramel, toffee, vanilla, sweet oak, brown sugar, mild baking spices, fennel seed, mild cinnamon, a hint of raisin, tobacco, leather, hazelnuts.

Other Reviewer’s Perceptions

Breaking Bourbon: Dark fruits | Cinnamon | Robust baking spices | Hazelnut | Raisin | Spice-forward | Medium-bodied

Bourbon Guy: Black tea, cinnamon, chocolate, and floral notes.

Bourbon Banter: Rich molasses coats the tongue, with notes of fig and hazelnut.

Finish

Medium-long finish with toffee, cinnamon, and some barrel char.

Other Reviewer’s Perceptions

Breaking Bourbon: Cinnamon | Mexican chocolate | Barrel char | Nutmeg | Black pepper | Touch dry | Hot but heat dissipates quickly

Bourbon Guy: Warm and on the longer end of medium with notes of cinnamon, oak, mint, and chocolate.

Bourbon Banter: Nuanced flavor fades into lingering warmth.

Mouthfeel

(Thin – Watery | Silken – smooth & slippery, but not mouth coating | Creamy – coats the tongue like heavy cream does. | Rich or Unctuous – coats the entire palate like olive oil)

The mouthfeel is silken, but the spiciness does break through the mouthfeel and hinder the experience.

The Burn

3 out of 5. This means that the burn is about what I would expect it to be for 125.4 proof. A 4 or 5 would mean that it drinks (feels) lower than it’s actual proof.

Tasting Summary

The Larceny B524 is not super complex but it does highlight basic, good bourbon flavors. Sweet notes of caramel, vanilla, and toffee hit first, then baking spices, fennel, cinnamon, sweet oak, leather, tobacco, a hint of apple pie, and brown sugar.

Larceny B524 continues with the spicy profile that A124 started this year’s batches off with, but the spiciness is tamed down and better balanced than A124. So, I do like it better than the first batch of the year. But it’s just average compared to some others like B522, B523, A121 and C923. It’s still worth the price though.

My Rating

The higher the score the better the whiskey is in my opinion. For reference, my best rated bottle so far is the George T. Stagg 2022 (138.7p) with a score of 9.7.

Score TypeScoreExamples
Likability Score7.51.0 – 10.0
Availability Score31-Rare, 2-Hard to Find, 3-A Little Hunting, 4-Easy to Find
My Tasting Notes

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Larceny Barrel Proof Batch B524 Tasting Notes

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