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:

Kubler Swiss Absinthe Absinthe Superieure

Kubler Swiss Absinthe Absinthe Superieure

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Review Date: June 30, 2008
Category Info: Absinthe
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Strength: 106
Origin: Switzerland


Tasting Notes:
AKA "Fée Verte" or "Swiss La Bleue" in Europe. Almost colorless.
Anise smell is mellow and mixed with herbs and floral components. Very complex nose. Without water; Rich and sweet. Great complexity and not overpowering. Very subtle bitterness. With Water: Becomes mellow cloudy, Profile is mellow and easy going with water. The anise is certainly ever-present but there is nice herbal complexity. Good absinthe.

Rock Saké Cloud Junmai Ginjo

Rock Saké Cloud Junmai Ginjo

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Review Date: April 6, 2010
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai Ginjo Nigori
Distilled From: Calrose
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 375 ml Bottle
Strength: 15%
Seimaibuai: 60%
Origin: United States - Forest Grove, Oregon


Tasting Notes:
Smooth texture for a nigori.
Medium sweet with nice flavor of clean rice and some mellow notes of melon.
Sweet and easy. Good intro sake.

Stirrings Triple Sec

Stirrings Triple Sec

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Review Date: April 12, 2010
Category Info: Liqueur :: Flavored - Orange
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 30%
Origin: United States, Connecticut


Tasting Notes:
Clear.
Nose of bright orange, orange peel, and a bit of spicy grain alcohol.
Creamy and somewhat viscous on the palate with rich sugar and a clean taste of ripe oranges.
Finishes clean. good cordial.