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Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon Review (2024 Updated)

Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon Review 

Last Updated on March 8, 2024 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


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. 


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. 


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. 


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 

Frequently Asked Questions (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. 

What is the difference between Larceny Barrel Proof B522 and A122?

The key difference between Larceny Barrel Proof B522 and A122 lies in their respective release batches. The letter signifies the release order within a year, with “A” representing the first release and “B” the second.

The three-digit number following the letter indicates the month and year of release, allowing enthusiasts to identify and compare different batches of Larceny Barrel Proof for unique flavor profiles and characteristics.

How long is Larceny Barrel Proof aged?

Larceny Barrel Proof undergoes varying aging periods, as the exact duration can differ between batches. However, it is generally aged for a considerable amount of time to impart complexity and depth to the bourbon.

The aging process contributes to the development of rich flavors and the smooth, well-balanced nature that defines Larceny Barrel Proof.

Why is barrel proof bourbon better?

Barrel proof bourbon is considered by many enthusiasts to offer a more authentic and unadulterated expression of the spirit.

Unlike bourbons that are diluted with water before bottling to achieve a specific alcohol content, barrel proof bourbon is bottled directly from the barrel, often at a higher alcohol by volume (ABV).

This preserves the full intensity of flavors, allowing connoisseurs to experience the bourbon in its purest form, with the choice to add water or ice to their preference.

Is Larceny Barrel Proof bourbon allocated?

Yes, Larceny Barrel Proof is typically allocated due to its limited availability and high demand.

Allocation refers to the controlled distribution of a product to specific retailers or markets, ensuring a fair and widespread distribution among enthusiasts.

As a sought-after and premium bourbon, Larceny Barrel Proof’s limited release contributes to its desirability and collectible nature.

Who makes Larceny Barrel Proof?

Larceny Barrel Proof is produced by Heaven Hill Brands, a well-established distillery with a rich heritage in bourbon production.

Heaven Hill, based in Kentucky, is known for its commitment to crafting high-quality spirits and is responsible for a range of acclaimed bourbon brands, with Larceny Barrel Proof being a notable expression within their portfolio.

The distillery’s expertise and dedication to tradition contribute to the exceptional quality and character of Larceny Barrel Proof bourbon.

What age is Larceny B522 for?

The age of Larceny Barrel Proof B522, or any specific batch, can vary as it is not defined by a fixed age statement.

The aging process depends on the individual barrels selected for blending in a particular release, contributing to the nuanced flavors and characteristics of each batch.

What is the alcohol content of Larceny Barrel Proof?

Larceny Barrel Proof is known for its high alcohol content, often exceeding the typical 90 to 100 proof range of standard bourbons.

Specific batches can vary, but the barrel proof designation means that it is bottled at the strength it naturally reaches during aging, typically falling in the range of 120 to 130 proof or even higher, providing a bold and intense sipping experience.

What is barrel proof bourbon?

Barrel proof bourbon, also known as cask strength or barrel strength bourbon, refers to a style of whiskey that is bottled directly from the barrel without dilution or additional water.

Unlike bourbons that are proofed down to a specific alcohol content before bottling, barrel proof bourbon retains the natural strength it reaches during aging.

This results in a higher alcohol by volume (ABV) and a more robust, unfiltered expression of the spirit, allowing enthusiasts to experience the full intensity of flavors straight from the barrel.

Is Larceny Barrel Proof wheated?

Yes, Larceny Barrel Proof is a wheated bourbon, meaning it includes wheat as a secondary grain in its mash bill alongside corn, barley, and sometimes rye.

The use of wheat contributes to a softer and sweeter flavor profile, distinguishing wheated bourbons like Larceny from those with a higher rye content that tends to impart spicier notes.

Should you add water to barrel proof bourbon?

Adding water to barrel proof bourbon is a matter of personal preference and can be influenced by the drinker’s desired taste experience. Some enthusiasts prefer to dilute barrel proof bourbon with a splash of water to unlock and soften the flavors, making it more approachable.

Experimenting with water allows individuals to tailor the bourbon to their liking, revealing different layers of complexity and potentially enhancing the overall drinking experience.

Ultimately, whether or not to add water to barrel proof bourbon is subjective and depends on individual taste preferences.

Wrapping Up about Larceny Barrel Proof A122 Bourbon Review

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.  


  1. Taste Test: Larceny’s Wheated Bourbon Is One of the Most Underrated Whiskeys on the Market
  2. Larceny Barrel Proof.
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