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:

Harr-a-sho! A blend of vodka and capsicum pepper

Harr-a-sho! A blend of vodka and capsicum pepper

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Review Date: July 9, 2009
Category Info: Vodka :: Flavored - Pepper
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: Ukraine - Zhitomir, Zhitmoir


Tasting Notes:
Medium amber in color.
The nose is mellow sweet grain (wheat and corn) and bold pepper.
The pepper flavor on the palate is nice and bold without being too spicy.
The body is nice and full.
Well made and interesting.

Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine

Corsair Pumpkin Spice Moonshine

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Review Date: March 18, 2010
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Spiced
Distilled From: malted barley / malted Wheat
Retail Price: $$$$ ($40-$50) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 42.5%
Origin: United States - Bowling Green, Kentucky


Tasting Notes:
Rich nose of nutmeg, pumpkin, and spicy alcohol.
Strong alcohol on the palate but there are nice layers of pumpkin, nutmeg, and soft notes of allspice and cinnamon.
Finishes with spicy alcohol.

Renegade Rum Don Jose Pese Port Finish 97 10yr

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Review Date: February 18, 2009
Category Info: Rum
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Age: 10 year
Strength: 92
Origin: Panama


Tasting Notes:
Continuous Still
Bourbon cask aged, Port Finished, 1,390 Bottles
Hot nose of vanilla and earth. Burnt caramel. Big sweet palate of vanilla and caramel. Fruit notes of peachy/apricot. Notes of custard. Big sweet burnt caramel and sugar cane on the finish. Good but expensive.