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:

Elena Borra Liquer of Grappa & Chamomille

Elena Borra Liquer of Grappa & Chamomille

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Review Date: August 1, 2008
Category Info: Brandy :: Grappa - Flavored
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40)
Strength: 70
Origin: Italy

Tasting Notes:
Sugar sweet chamomille nose. Sugary sweet on the palate. Almost dessert-like. Nice and pretty. Good for grappa beginners.

Trump "The World's Finest Super Premium" Vodka


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Review Date: June 30, 2009
Category Info: Vodka :: Grain
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: The Netherlands

Tasting Notes:
Classic spicy wheat nose. Nice oily mouthfeel with some nice character. The finish seems a bit hot and it is not super clean. This vodka is decent but the price is too high.

Yzaguirre Vermouth Rojo La Auténtica Fórmula

Yzaguirre Vermouth Rojo La Auténtica Fórmula

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Review Date: July 27, 2009
Category Info: Aperitif :: Vermouth
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: Info Not Available per 70cl Bottle
Strength: 15%
Origin: Spain

Tasting Notes:
Tasted in Europe. Have not seen this in the U.S.
Medium brown color.
Tart nose with rich red-wine character.
On the palate a note of earthy pumpkin leads to big notes of plums, raisins, and bitter plum skins. A very nice, strong note of bitter orange skin.
Overall, mildly sweet and very complex. Dominated by notes of red wine and bitter orange.
Beautiful vermouth!