Caramel cream candy | Mixed nuts with dried fruit | Forest moss | Charred oak
Dried raspberries | Light toasted coconut | Sugar cookie | Toasted oak | Faint clove | Cereal grain
Brown Sugar | Toasted almonds | Thick oak | Mild tannins | Hint of lemon
I’ve been admittedly hard on the previous four batches of Larceny Barrel Proof. While still receiving high marks with its robust pour, they were never as dynamic as I thought they could be. Batch B521 goes a long way towards correcting this, forgoing much of the typical brown sugar, rich vanilla, mild cinnamon, and heavy oak found in many barrel proof bourbons and certainly the previous four batches of Larceny Barrel Proof. Sure there are remnants of those flavors here, but they take a backseat to much more interesting flavors not found in the previous editions. Now there will be debate about how effective these new flavors are and how well they work with one another, but the pieces are starting to fall in place. There’s no denying the promising new direction this whiskey is headed as Heaven Hill continues to fine-tune this diamond in the rough barrel proof bourbon.