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:

Raifuku Makko Shobu

Raifuku Makko Shobu

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Review Date: September 14, 2009
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai Ginjo
Distilled From: Yamadanishiki 65% / Hattan 35%
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 720 ml Bottle
Strength: 15%
Seimaibuai: 50%
Nihonshudo / Sake Meter Value: +2.0
Origin: Japan - Chikusai, Ibaraki

Tasting Notes:
Big fruit note of peach or lychee with some nice layers of alcohol spice and caramel or vanilla.
On the palate this has a very creamy texture and big notes of caramel and vanilla. The caramel stays throughout the palate and is very delicious. There is a some underlying earthy texture and a bit of a fresh fruit note reminiscent of pears.
The finish leaves me with notes of vanilla and earth.

Waka-Ebis "Ninja" Junmai

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Review Date: May 28, 2008
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai
Distilled From: Gohyakumangoku
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30) per 720 ml Bottle
Strength: 15%
Seimaibuai: 53%
Origin: Japan, Mie

Tasting Notes:
Dry and medium bodied. Alcohol is a bit present in the palate. Pear and Apples. Creamy texture.

Cuca Fresca Cachaša Pura Gold

Cuca Fresca Cachaša Pura Gold

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Review Date: February 26, 2009
Category Info: Cachaca :: Aged Cachaša
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30)
Age: 3 years
Strength: 80
Origin: Brazil

Tasting Notes:
3-4 years in a English Oak
Less aromatic than the Regular no-oak version. The palate is quite different than the clear. Oak takes over a bit. Peppery spice and oak.