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:

Crassous de Medeuil Rhum Vieux Agricole - Exceptional VSOP

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Review Date: March 1, 2009
Category Info: Rum :: Agricole
Distilled From: Sugar Cane / Red Rice
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Age: 4-5 year
Strength: 100
Origin: Martinique - Macouba

Tasting Notes:
Vanilla and bourbon oak spice. Earth and spice. The front palate is just like a bourbon. The finish is earth driven sugar cane. Bone dry and very powerful.

Corsair Vanilla Bean Vodka

Corsair Vanilla Bean Vodka

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Review Date: January 8, 2010
Category Info: Vodka :: Flavored - Vanilla
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: United States - Bowling Green, Kentucky

Tasting Notes:
Batch # 13
Bottle 65 of 196
Very pretty nose of natural vanilla and subtle sugar.
The mouthfeel of the vodka is what stands out at first. There is little alcohol presence and the body is very creamy and oily. The vanilla hits you mid-palate in a big way. It is soft, earthy, and natural. There is no bitterness and only a touch of sweetness.
This is a very good example of a well-crafted infusion. The flavor could match well with both dry and sweet drinks.

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.