December 10, 2010

Revel Stoke Spiced Canadian Whisky Review

revel_stoke_spiced_whisky.pngOur local package delivery man (that sounds a bit dirty) was kind enough to drop off another gurgling box at the Liquor Snob offices today, and once we tore it open we saw it was a bottle of Revel Stoke spiced whisky. As you can tell by the missing "e" in whiskey, Revel Stoke is Canadian. As you can tell by the image above, it's spiced with ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, cardamom and coriander.

We've gotten into a bad habit lately of sitting on reviews, so we're doing an early New Year's resolution to review bottles as soon as they come in. So, with no further ado, our thoughts on Revel Stoke.

The packaging on Revel Stoke looks like your typical squared, slope-shouldered whiskey bottles Jack and Jim come in, but the label contains a striking antlered animal skull that definitely caught our eye.

When we popped the top and took a whiff, we definitely got a sense of all the spices we listed above, with ginger and vanilla perhaps standing out the most. You definitely get a whiff of whisky, but it's reminiscent of a good spiced rum, and we think it will appeal to those who like spiced liquors, even if they don't tend to ride the whiskey bike.

The ginger and vanilla carry on into the taste as the flag bearers, but there are definitely notes and hints of the other spices. One thing we liked was that Revel Stoke could have been a lot sweeter, but they kept the sweetness to a minimum to keep your standard whisky flavor, but just with a slight edge taken off. That's a big feat, especially considering Revel Stoke is bottled at 90 proof (45% ABV).

We enjoyed it with cola (Stoke 'n Coke) as well as with ginger ale (Stoke 'n Ginger) and we found it especially delicious mixed with a splash of Powell & Mahoney Ginger.

Coming in at under $15, we think Revel Stoke is a great value for anyone who likes spiced rums and less-sweet liqueurs, and we recommend trying it in some wintry cocktails like a hot toddy. The price point is low enough that you can afford to be adventurous and pick up a bottle, and we're pretty comfortable you'll be able to find a way to enjoy it.

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Posted by Jake Jamieson at December 10, 2010 6:08 PM
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