I'm not much of a historian. I know a fair amount of "bourbon" history because of my passion and love for the brown juice and if you ever have the unfortunate circumstance of meeting me, I'll tell you everything I know about bourbon...
So be prepared, it'll take a long time and a lot of whiskey, I am so sorry....
John E. Fitzgerald is a huge player in being a bourbon forefather, a bourbon God, a bourbon pioneer, a bourbon swindler, and somewhat of a bourbon thief in our beloved bourbon history.
I am not here to tell you about Johnny Fitz, do a little digging if you're not in the know and you'll be able to figure it out. The Old Fitz Brand started out at Stitzel Weller and has changed hands a few times and in which the brand is obviously now owned by Heaven Hill...
John E Fitzgerald Larceny, 92 Proof:
At First Sight: Beautiful dark-rich caramel.
On the Nose: For me, things get weird right off the bat. Alcohol vapor, alcohol vapor, and more alcohol vapor. Followed up by some hay, damp wood, and settles at some maraschino cherry juice with even more alcohol vapor. I get a ton of raw corn sweetness..
I really have to hunt through the corn and alcohol vapor to get a whiff of a little bit of cinnamon and a small amount of vanilla and caramel. I also get a gnarly lacquer-shellac thing that I am not about. One more thing, more alcohol vapor!!!!
On the Palate: For me, things don't get much better. Right off the bat, I just get corn sweetness. I thought this was a wheater?!?!? Wheres the citrus, spice, and dark red fruits?
After I sip and swirl in my mouth: more corn sweetness. A very sweet and savory thing. This pour kind of reminds me of a 14 yr Dickel I have tasted that I said reminded me of mac and cheese.
Kind of hot, even though its only 92 proof. A tad bit of cinnamon and other barrel spices in which I am more than ready and expecting since wheaters get more spicy than more sweet for my personal palate but this whiskey is pretty much cloyingly corn-heavy-sweet to me.
I don't get a lot of vanilla nor much caramel. I just got a ton of burnt butterscotch, some old BBQ sauce, and more corn sweetness. luckily, I get all that wonderful alcohol vapor that I raved about earlier(womp-womp)!!!
Overall: I am bummed. I really wanted to love larceny. I am a Heaven Hill #FANBOY through and through but Larceny doesn't do anything for me...
In the glass and in the bottle Larceny is gorgeous. A very inviting rich color. Larceny also has a great, rich, thick viscosity, and enveloping mouthfeel. However, the flavors just aren't there for me. Pretty boring bourbon. I expected a lot more...
Buffalo Trace Murders the Wheated Bourbon Game and Makers Mark is making some moves to try and catch up.
Luckily, Heaven Hill does everything else well because so far there modern everyday wheater game is lacking!!
Hey Heaven Hill, bump the proof up above 100'ish and mellow out the ever alcohol vapor and you'd have a winner-winner chicken dinner in my honest opinion, not that it matters!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers, Alex @bourbonboomed