August 2017 Pick of the Month: Larceny

Each month, Flight Club selects a club-endorsed “Pick of the Month.”  The parameters on the Pick of the Month are (a) locally available in Wichita, Kansas (b) under $40 and (c) something believed to be a good value or limited availability at the moment.  We invite everyone (Club members or not) to break open a bottle and provide comment and feedback. 

This month we feature a brand new bourbon to the Kansas market:  John E. Fitzgerald Larceny.   While this offering by Heaven Hill is not a new release in the U.S., only in the past couple of weeks has it become available in Kansas.
This bottle MSRP’s for about $25, a price that puts this basically on par with its wheated bourbon cousin, W.L. Weller Special Reserve.  But as a new offering, several local stores are offering deals.   One local store is offering the bottle for $19.99 if you like their Facebook post and mention the ad, plus a $10 mail in rebate.  

We encourage everyone to pick up a bottle and give us your thoughts.

Bottle:  Larceny

Distiller:  Heaven Hill

Age:  Not age stated, but believed to be a blend of barrels ranging from 6-12 years old.

Mash Bill: 68% corn, 20% wheat and 12% barley.

Proof:  92

Location:  Available around town, but currently available at Auburn Spirits at 13303 W. Maple in Wichita for under $10 (after mail in rebate) for a 750 ml bottle.

One Reply to “August 2017 Pick of the Month: Larceny”

  1. I’m a huge fan of the Old Fitzgerald lineup. The Old Fitzgerald Bottle in Bond is one of my favorite lower-shelf bourbons, but is nearly impossible to find (around here). Larceny, one of Heaven Hill’s newer offerings, is the newest addition to the Old Fitzgerald lineup. And it appears Heaven Hill is putting nearly all their eggs in this basket: although it has just come to Kansas, it is now widely available here and elsewhere across the country.

    On the Larceny, I pick up cherry, candy corn, caramel, musty oak and roasted peanuts on the nose. There is also a certain dustiness to the nose, like a cross between a woodshop and discarded peanut shells. On the palate, I get a nice dose of vanilla and caramel, coupled with molasses and cherry. The mouthfeel is pretty decent – it is creamy, but not oily. On the finish I pick up a bit of spice (probably cinnamon) and some lingering caramel and oak. Interestingly, the cherry reappears well into the finish and lingers nicely. Following the fade of the cherry is a residual peanut flavor.

    This is a nice pour. I’m glad it is becoming available and I’ll continue to buy. However, it is a shame that the Old Fitzgerald Bottled in Bond is largely discontinued in favor of this product, as the BiB seems better in every way (more butterscotch, fuller body, and an interesting maltiness).

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