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Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon Review (2023 Updated)

Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon Review 

Last Updated on August 21, 2023 by Lydia Martin

Larceny is a signature label of Heaven Hill released thrice a year on a limited basis. Introduced in 2020, they’ve released a barrel-proof expression, following the small batch. 

If you have yet to try any of the brand’s expressions, you might want to check our Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon review today and see if it’s a sip or slip.  

In-Depth Review On Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon

Bottle of Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon

This A122 Larceny Barrel Proof is a wheated bourbon from Heaven Hill, a brand believed to continue the iconic Old Fitzgerald tradition. 

Larceny bourbon and the Old Fitzgerald brand are both wheated bourbons, using the same mash bill.

There are yearly releases of Larceny, with the first release happening every January.

The A122 whiskey release of Larceny is the highest proof we’ve tried from the brand. It has a rounder character than the Larceny Small Batch. 

Quick Facts 

DistilleryHeaven Hill Distillery 
Classification & RegionStraight Bourbon/Kentucky
Alcohol Proof124.4 
Mash Bill68% Corn, 20% Wheat, and 12% Malted Barley
Age StatementNAS 
ColorDark Amber
Rating4 Stars
Average PriceAround $49.99 (MSRP)

What’s Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon? 

Larceny BP Bourbon (A122) is a wheated bourbon, non-chill filtered, cask-strength, and bottled at a higher proof.

It’s a no-age statement bourbon but is rumored to be aged 6 to 8 years. Heaven Hill has been releasing a new batch of Larceny thrice a year [1], and this A122 was the first batch released in 2022 (January).    

Tasting Notes 

Man Drinking Larceny Barrel Proof A122

Nose 

As you sniff on the Glencairn glass with this spirit, the nose boasts rich caramel with just a hint of vanilla, cherry, clove, and sweet wheat.  

Soon after, the nose exhibits fruit notes, brown sugar, and baking spices with a fair amount of alcohol aroma. 

Palate

On the first sip, the rich caramel notes continue on the palate, along with the mix of cinnamon, a bit of oak, dark fruit, maple syrup, and brown sugar flavors. 

It’s creamy that complements the sweet and fruit flavors. However, it didn’t go that far beyond the usual wheat bourbon. 

There’s some heat and oak hint, but the palate isn’t that special. 

Finish

The slight heat carries along the finish ( due to the high proof of this whiskey), but it goes down smoothly with the touch of dark fruit, brown sugar, oak, and a bit of cinnamon. 

It’s long-lasting, and the flavor mix remains as you finish a glass. 

Why We Like It 

  • It packs deep flavors and the right amount of heat.
  • In every batch of Larceny released, there’s something to look forward to. Every batch is unique. 
  • It has the right sweetness, complementing the flavor of oak imparted by the barrels.
  • The flavors remain intact even if you add water (a few drops) or mixers. So, it’s a good cocktail base. 

Drawbacks

Close Up Shot of Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon Bottle Label
  • Compared to other wheated bourbons, this bottle from Larceny [2] is a little complex due to the high alcohol content and barrel-entry proof. So, this isn’t for beginners. 
  • Some may find the heat “too intense,” which you won’t expect from a wheated bourbon. 

Our Thoughts 

First Impression

Upon seeing the spirit inside the bottle, it doesn’t appeal (from our POV), but contradictory to its appearance, it delivers a good flavor balance on our first try.

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This A122 batch is stronger than the previous Larceny whiskey releases. Since it’s a wheated bourbon, we expected pure sweet notes along with the high alcohol proof. 

But it’s not overly sweet, plus it has some oaky notes.  

Second Chance

On the second try, we got the hand of its proof, and we appreciate the flavors more.

This time, we tried adding a drop of water and saw how it toned down the heat. The result is good, and the flavors are still the same. 

Larceny Barrel Proof Bourbon A122’s Rating 

Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon bottle on a Table

Based on our whiskey tasting and review, we give this Larceny Batch A122 a 4-star rating. 

It has premium quality–enough to be considered a top-shelf spirit. The price is reasonable, not cheap, yet not expensive, either.  

To Sip or Slip? 

Larceny Barrel-Proof batch A122 is a must-sip. Wheated bourbons aren’t that many within the industry, and given its higher ABV, this is something you shouldn’t miss. 

As Larceny bourbon continues the traditional process of making whiskey (that John E. Fitzgerald, a treasury agent, pioneered), they also continue introducing unique and excellent whiskeys, including this barrel-proof. 

But if you’re looking for more options similar to Larceny, we suggest the following expressions:

  • Elijah Craig Barrel Proof – 60.4% ABV (alc./vol. varies)
  • Pilfer Bourbon Single-Barrel – 59.1% ABV
  • Maker’s Mark Bourbon – 45% ABV, used 16% red winter wheat 
  • Rittenhouse Rye BiB – 50% ABV (if you want something other than wheat)
  • Van Winkle line of bourbons — wheated expressions 

FAQs 

What does the “A” in A122 of Larceny barrel-proof bourbon mean?

The “A” in A122 of Larceny’s barrel proof means it’s the year’s first batch. 

Is the Larceny Barrel Proof A122 bourbon hard to find?

Larceny’s Barrel Proof A1222 isn’t that hard to find, unlike other most coveted expressions like Pappy.  

Is the Larceny Barrel Proof A122 bourbon a sipping bourbon?

Larceny’s A122 Barrel Proof can be a sipping bourbon for experienced drinkers and not for beginners. We recommend adding a few drops of water to mellow it down. 

Wrapping Up 

This A122 from Larceny is a good expression with a robust flavor and a long finish. The aromas could be more impressive, but the palate is rich and dense. 

Although we usually don’t add water to whiskeys, we prefer adding water to this batch A122 to reduce the drying and ABV, and we don’t regret it, as the flavors are still intact.   

At its MSRP, this is a great deal of spirit, and we find it versatile that you can use it on cocktails.

If we’re lucky enough to find more bottles of this expression, we would surely buy again.  

References:

  1. https://robbreport.com/food-drink/spirits/taste-test-larceny-barrel-proof-1234746968/ 
  2. https://sg.finance.yahoo.com/news/taste-test-larceny-wheated-bourbon-210000572.html 
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