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:

Kizan Sanban Black Label Vintage Junmai Ginjo 1998

Kizan Sanban Black Label Vintage Junmai Ginjo 1998

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Review Date: April 14, 2008
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai Ginjo Koshu
Distilled From: Miyamanishiki
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30) per 720 ml Bottle
Year Produced: 1998
Strength: 16%
Origin: Japan, Nagano


Tasting Notes:
Koshu (Aged Sake) Color is a pale yellow gold. The bright fruit of the unaged-version mellows with age and the palate is full of apples and rich nutty flavors. Very nice texture throughout, leading to a long and complex finish of almonds, earthy notes, which are well-balanced with bright apple notes.

Pierre Ferrand Ambre

Pierre Ferrand Ambre

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Review Date: February 12, 2008
Category Info: Brandy :: Cognac
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: $$$$ ($40-$50)
Age: 10 year
Strength: 80
Origin: France


Tasting Notes:
Sweet and mellow. Pear and lychee on the nose and palate. Bright and long on the finish of tea and subtle spice.

Jean Filloux Cigar Club

Jean Filloux Cigar Club

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Review Date: June 9, 2008
Category Info: Brandy :: Cognac X.O.
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: (10x)$ ($100-$200)
Age: 27 years
Strength: 80
Origin: France - Grande Champagne Premier Cru


Tasting Notes:
Big new oak nose with huge vanilla. The palate has a really big fruit backbone that is very sweet. Huge sweetness with an almost bourbon-like palate. Great cigar brandy!