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.
Haha, at first I thought someone had “stolen” one of your reviews and published it under their own name. 😉 The company surely picked a fun name for your products.
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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?
Wade, all good points. They aren’t disclosing any of that information.
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.
Thank you for providing the additional information, Joie.