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:

Hayman's Old Tom Gin

Hayman's Old Tom Gin

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Review Date: September 11, 2008
Category Info: Gin :: Old Tom
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30)
Strength: 80
Origin: England

Tasting Notes:
Stylistically, old tom gin has a more bitter backbone than many other gin types. The botanicals are strong but there is a strong sweetness that counters.
On this gin there is a big nose of white pepper and juniper.
Very sweet at the beginning of the palate and that sweetness carries through the rest of the palate as well. This is balanced with a big backbone of bitter herb character. A big stylistic difference from a London Dry. Very good and very interesting.

Signatory Vintage Linkwood 1990 13yr

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Review Date: June 14, 2007
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: Info Not Available per 750 ml Bottle
Year Produced: 1990
Year Produced: 2003
Age: 13yr
Casking: Sherry Butt
Origin: Scotland - Highlands

Tasting Notes:
Peachy sweet with caramelized sugar on the nose. Muscat notes. Pretty and easy going finish. Great whiskey.

Dos Lunas Reposado

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Review Date: May 1, 2008
Category Info: Tequila :: Reposado - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Strength: 80
Origin: Mexico

Tasting Notes:
Vanilla, caramel nose. Mellow. Oak is strong but integrated fairly well. Spicy finish.