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:

Camus XO Elegance

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Review Date: July 16, 2007
Category Info: Brandy :: Cognac
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: (10x)$ ($100-$200)
Age: XO
Strength: 80
Origin: France

Tasting Notes:
20-25 yrs (6.5 yr minimum)
Mellow fruity palate. Medium to heavy oak but with a nice toast and a slight nutty flavor.

Kiminoi Emperor's Well Junmai Ginjo

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Review Date: May 14, 2008
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai Ginjo
Distilled From: Gohyakumangoku
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 720 ml Bottle
Strength: 15-16%
Seimaibuai: 58%
Origin: Japan, Niigata

Tasting Notes:
Very rich viscous and heavy. Very reserved fruit flavors. Peach and pear but very subtle. Long mouth-coating rich finish.

Cockspur 12 year Bajan Crafted Rum

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Review Date: June 29, 2008
Category Info: Rum
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40)
Age: 12 year
Strength: 80
Origin: Barbados

Tasting Notes:
Toast, vanilla, and molasses nose. Big toasty wood on the palate. Caramelized brown sugar shows briefly then to a warming finish. Nice. Slightly hot. Toasty oak on the finish.