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:

La Muse Verte d'Autrefois Pastis

La Muse Verte d'Autrefois Pastis

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Review Date: April 1, 2009
Category Info: Aperitif :: Pastis
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Strength: 90
Origin: France


Tasting Notes:
Star anise, seed anise, fennel, sage, and licorice root flavor this. Huge anise nose and flavor. Well balanced and very complex.

Murray McDavid CLDN Rum - Nicaragua - 10 year

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Review Date: July 13, 2007
Category Info: Rum
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: Info Not Available
Age: 10yr
Origin: Nicaragua


Tasting Notes:
Sweeter style. Almost piny, Robust. Flavors are a bit disjunct. Okay.

Ledaig 10 year

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Review Date: September 24, 2007
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Age: 10yr
Casking: Bourbon Barrel
Strength: 96 proof
Origin: Scotland - Mull


Tasting Notes:
Fully peated malt gives this whicky much more smoky flavor than the younger Ledaig releases. Same iodine content as Ardbeg gives it that briny finish akin to that distillery. Not quite as thick and full as the islay whiskies. Great whisky for $50.