After a banner first year of accolades and awards, Heaven Hill’s wheated Larceny Barrel Proof is starting 2021 off with a new batch.
Larceny Barrel Proof shares a release schedule with Elijah Craig Barrel Proof, another popular Heaven Hill Distillery expression. Both the wheated Larceny Small Batch and Elijah Craig Small Batch are regularly available on shelves at 94 proof, but three times a year, the distillery treats us to barrel proof varieties of both of these popular bourbons.
The distillery introduced Larceny Barrel Proof in 2020 to great acclaim, winning Whiskey of the Year from Whisky Advocate. This 6-8 year old wheated recipe bourbon is bottled without chill filtration, with Batch A121 clocking in at 114.8 proof (A – the first release of the year, 1 – the first month of the year, and 21, for 2021 – Link here for more on decoding when each bottle was released).
“Larceny is the heir to the wheated Bourbons that make up the historic Old Fitzgerald franchise acquired by Heaven Hill Distillery in 1999,” says the distillery. “Continuing the tradition of Old Fitzgerald using wheat in place of rye as the secondary grain in the mashbill, Larceny uses more wheat than any of its competitors for a softer, rounder character. The brand is inspired by the history of John E. Fitzgerald, who as a treasury agent in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s was one of the only people legally allowed to carry the keys to the barrel storage rickhouses.”
Batch A121 of Elijah Craig Barrel Proof will also be hitting shelves this month, bottled at 123.6 proof. “As a small batch 12-year-old bourbon, non-chill-filtered and uncut, Elijah Craig Barrel Proof preserves all the natural esters and taste components from the barrel to bottle,” says the distillery.
“You may also notice a few updates to the packaging — “Barrel Proof” now graces the bottle decoration under the Elijah Craig logo and the label more clearly displays the proof, alc/vol and batch number,” the distillery continues.
Look for Larceny and Elijah Craig Barrel Proof on shelves in the coming weeks, for a suggested retail price of $50 for Larceny Barrel Proof and $60 for Elijah Craig Barrel Proof.