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:

Abstract Standard Vodka with Caffeine, Taurine, Ginseng, and White Tea

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Review Date: June 22, 2009
Category Info: Vodka :: Caffeinated
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: United States - Monrovia, California


Tasting Notes:
Very hot nose with a little spice.
The flavor is subtle and you can taste the white tea a little.
Slightly creamy texture on this but mostly it is just an overly-hot vodka.

Stirrings Ginger

Stirrings Ginger

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Review Date: April 12, 2010
Category Info: Liqueur :: Flavored - Ginger
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 25%
Origin: United States, Connecticut


Tasting Notes:
Pour golden brown with a translucent golden center.
Spicy nose of earthy, natural ginger.
Creamy sweet on the palate with a very peppery backbone of ginger spice. Almost leaning towards a black pepper flavor. The pepper character lasts long throughout the finish and is accented by a light sweetness.

Lombard Smoking Ember

Lombard Smoking Ember

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Review Date: October 14, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Vatted Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: Scotland


Tasting Notes:
Amber/caramel color.
The nose is a mix of smoke and sweet malt.
Rich smoke flavor on the palate but it is well balanced with bold malt.
Overall a good intro to smoky scotch but a bit lighter than a typical Laphroaig or Ardbeg.