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Review: Revel Stoke Spiced Whisky

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You got your spiced rum… well now you got your spiced whiskey, too!.

From Phillips Distilling in Minnesota comes Revel Stoke, a Canadian Whisky with “spice and other natural flavors” added. Relaunched after years of absence from the shelves (it was originally released in 2000 and was often written as “Revelstoke”), the cult classic (as the company refers to it) is just returning to the market this month.

If I served this to you and told you it was spiced rum, my hunch is that you’d never know the difference. Sweet but a little cloying, it offers big vanilla notes, with cinnamon and a little cherry spicing it up. The spice level is actually just about perfect, really.

What’s missing, though, is any sense of whiskey here. The spice and sweetness overshadows any of those corn or grain characters that give whiskey its nuance, and aside from the vanilla notes, even any woodiness from barrel aging is tough to get in this spirit. Worth a look if you’re a spiced rum fan on the hunt for something different.

90 proof.

B+ / $TBD / revelstokewhisky.com

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5 Comments

  1. Matt September 8, 2010

    Kinda scary that it tastes that close to spiced rum. Regardless, If I see it at a bar, it’s intriguing enough to try on the rocks

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  2. sharon September 9, 2010

    This mixed with some hot water would make a great winter drink!

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  3. Philip September 9, 2010

    I liked it when it first came out… I always thought “The Revelstoke” was in reference to the mountain in BC (http://www.google.ca/images?q=revelstoke+mountain) being as though it was on the label.

    This is what it used to look like: http://www.grocerycouponnetwork.com/foodproducts/products.php?Id=57947

    I’m glad to see it’s back… may pick up a bottle if I see it again, but I agree with the review in that it’s “SPICED whisky” and not “spiced WHISKY”.

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  4. kevin September 20, 2010

    I used to drink this about 6 or 7 years ago really liked it the one day i went to get a bottle and it was being clearanced out since then ive checked distributors asked people at liquor stores nothing then today out of no were i went into total beverage here in colorado got my usual cheap wiskey when walking to the register i seen a display and it said revel stoke blinded by suprise and checked again sure enough its back after doing 3 or 4 back flips like a lil boston terrier
    i asked the question and the guy said he just got it back in last week im kinna stocked i really like this stuff give it a try people its good……

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  5. Lois March 19, 2013

    YALL AUTO BE SHAME OF YALLSELVES ….HOW YALL MAKE THIS STUFF TASTE SOOOO GOOD……..ON THE REAL SIDE CAN I BE YOUR SPOKES PERSON ….I HAVE BOUGHT SOOOO MANY BOTTLES OF THIS AND GIVEN SOOO MANY AWAY FOR FRIENDS & COWORKERS TO TRY…….YALL PUT YA FOOT IN THIS STUFF & WIGGLED YA BIG TOE

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