Stolen Whiskey Review


Stolen Spirits, known for their smoked rum, are releasing their first whiskey.  Stolen Whiskey starts as an 11-year-old whiskey “distilled and aged right outside whiskey’s Kentucky heartland.” I do wish STOLEN was a bit more transparent with where they sourced this whiskey, but we are where we are.  This whiskey is then re-barreled with toasted barrel staves.  There’s no word on how long the secondary maturation period is.  The final whiskey is bottled at 46% abv, or 92 proof.

How is it?

The rich nose features a deep, dark caramel base with hints of furniture polish, espresso and nutmeg.  Taste-wise, the smoked oak staves barrel finish add burnt caramel and slightly bitter barrel char to a bed of Mexican chocolate, sweet vanilla cream, orange peel, and baked banana.  The medium finish leaves a bananas foster note and a hint of smoked oak on the tongue.

This is an interesting whiskey.  It sits mainly in the dark caramel/dark roast coffee area of the flavor spectrum, thanks to the smoked oak stave finishing.  And because of how much that that flavor profile dominates, I have to believe the secondary maturation lasts a relatively long time.  That, or the the base whiskey is bland to start with and the smoked staves add a lot of flavor fast.  Stolen Whiskey has a creamy mouthfeel and nice flavors, but sometimes seems like a bit of a one-trick pony.  That’s not necessarily a bad thing, if you know what you’re getting here.  It’s not a complex whiskey to sit and contemplate for an hour.  I have a feeling this whiskey is designed with the cocktail market in mind.  I made an Irish coffee, but substituted Irish whiskey for Stolen whiskey.  The results were pretty damn good. Stolen Whiskey is scheduled to hit shelves in March. 7/10

Thanks to Stolen Spirits for the sample.  As always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

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5 comments

  1. It’s whiskey and not bourbon, so these flavors you describe could easily be from flavor packets. I think you should have asked why it was whiskey and not bourbon. Was it initially aged in used barrels? Was it distilled over 160 proof? What was the mashbill?

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      1. This is Joie at STOLEN – we are happy to disclose that info, actually. The product is labeled a whiskey rather than a bourbon because it is aged in used barrels for 11 years. The secondary process includes marrying the whiskey then re-barreling it with smoked staves. The vanilla/maple flavor referenced is not from any additives – it is from the secondary process and we are thrilled that they shined through. It is an all-natural process we are super proud of.

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