American By Katelyn Best / May 17, 2019 New Zealand-based producer Stolen Spirits, known for unique expressions like a smoked rum and an 11-year-old smokey American-style whiskey, has unveiled a new flavored whiskey called Stolen X. According to a press release, the expression is based on a pre-prohibition drink called “rock and rye”; it’s a straight American rye whiskey blended with honey and orange peel.“The aged rye whiskey and all-natural ingredients create a smooth and perfectly balanced flavor profile similar to that of an Old fashioned,” according to the press release. It is said it can also be enjoyed as a shot or over ice. Limited official tasting notes state “subtle notes of honey and citrus that bring a smooth finish.”Stolen X Rock & Rye (image via Stolen Spirits)The 80-proof expression, like Stolen’s other releases, has a playful inspiration. “Humans have been drinking horrible shots since the discovery of fermentation,” said Marc Bushala, CEO of Spirits Investment Partnership, which bought Stolen in 2015. “There has not been much evolution from the swill that we hoisted in college to what people are shooting today. I don’t really recall why we did shots of a certain herbaceous concoction that looks and tastes like shoe polish, but I remember that we drank a lot of it. The main difference with the popular shot brands today is the use of artificial flavors and sweeteners to make bad booze more palatable – we think that people will love great rye whiskey blended with all natural ingredients that actually tastes good.”The 80-proof flavoured whiskey is currently available in available in California, Colorado, Connecticut, D.C., Florida, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, and Texas at a suggested retail price of $24.99—or in 100ml single-shot cans for $2.99.