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:

Tequila Comisario Ultra Premium Blanco

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Review Date: May 12, 2009
Category Info: Tequila :: Blanco - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Strength: 80
Origin: Mexico

Tasting Notes:
Sweet agave and mild pepper. Classic wet cement. The palate is subtle sweet agave, dried apple, and rich white pepper spice. The finish is nice. Mild nutty notes. Nice spicy style tequila.

Gordon Graham's Black Bottle Original Blend

Gordon Graham's Black Bottle Original Blend

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Review Date: July 14, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Blended Scotch
Distilled From: Barley / Grain
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: Scotland - Islay

Tasting Notes:
Light amber / yellow color.
(The blended malt base of 7 Island distilleries)
Big peat and heavy smoke on the nose.
There is a nice underlying sweet malt and grain character on the palate that marries quite well with the medium strength smoke and peat. Overall a very nice blend.
Good mellow islay smoke at a great value.

Kanon Red Rice Junmai Genshu

Kanon Red Rice Junmai Genshu

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Review Date: March 20, 2008
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai Genshu
Distilled From: Red Rice / Iwai Shikoku-mai
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 500 ml Bottle
Strength: 14%
Seimaibuai: 65%
Nihonshudo / Sake Meter Value: -25
Origin: Japan, Kyoto

Tasting Notes:
Earthy smell and well-steeped herbal tea palate. Great complexity in the mid palate with notes of coffe and chocolate.