Scotland Stephenson's Spirits Reviews

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In my work I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to taste many different spirits from all over the world. I have included this section of my spirits reviews on the site as a reference to anyone who may find them useful.

These notes are not meant as commercial reviews, nor do I include a point scoring system of any kind. They are my personal notes. As such, my only disclaimer is that I know they are not the most eloquent tasting notes in the world. My guarantee to you is that they are always honest.

If there is one thing that I have learned in the wine and spirits industry it is that matters of the taste buds are very subjective. There are also always bad days and bad bottles out there in the world, and I have those too. My palate is only one perspective. The most important lesson I ever learned about spirits and wines is that they are meant to be enjoyed. If you are tasting something and you enjoy it, that is the most important thing, no matter what anyone else thinks about it.


Some Random Reviews:

Lismore Single Malt

Lismore Single Malt

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Review Date: April 6, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Vatted Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: $ (under $20)
Casking: White Wine Hogshead
Strength: 80 proof
Origin: Scotland - Speyside


Tasting Notes:
Mellow fruity nose of creamy berries. Very cereally. Great for the money. No off flavors. Rich malt backbone. Nice fruit notes.

Pampero Anniversario Ron Anejo

Pampero Anniversario Ron Anejo

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Review Date: August 20, 2007
Category Info: Rum
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40)
Strength: 80
Origin: Venezuela


Tasting Notes:
Mellow oaky nose. A little vanilla on the nose. Not too sweet. Nice mellow rum.

Harlem Kruiden Liqueuer

Harlem Kruiden Liqueuer

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Review Date: November 3, 2009
Category Info: Liqueur :: Herbal
Distilled From: Neutral Spirits - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: Holland


Tasting Notes:
Rich mahogany color.
Rich citrus-laden orange nose.
The flavor is very bold and the most dominant characteristic is orange peel and mandarin orange and there are notes of many herbs in the vein of anise and licorice.
The flavor is bold, and the mouthfeel is big and heavy.
A good competitor in the digestif category with a touch of orange setting it apart from the crowd.