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:

Kilo Kai

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Review Date: October 23, 2008
Category Info: Rum :: Spiced
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30)
Strength: 70
Origin: Netherlands - Antilles


Tasting Notes:
Nice profile. On the drier side for a spiced rum. The spices trend towards a more peppery profile than most. Smells a bit like black licorice. Nice.

Kizan 1999 Junmai Ginjo

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Review Date: February 1, 2008
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai Ginjo
Distilled From: Miyamanishiki
Retail Price: Info Not Available per 720 ml Bottle
Year Produced: 1999
Strength: 14%
Origin: Japan, Nagano


Tasting Notes:
Beautiful yellow/gold color. Very subtle nose of earth and alcohol. Brightly acidic With very fruity palate and a textured creamy and toasty finish. (Beautiful label - Artist's name Yumeji Takehisa)

Il Convento Limoncello

Il Convento Limoncello

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Review Date: August 29, 2008
Category Info: Liqueur :: Limoncello
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30)
Strength: 68
Origin: Italy


Tasting Notes:
Very tart nose. Lightly sweet for a limoncello on the palate. Very smooth and balanced. Very pretty without being too tart.