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:

Scott's Bunnahabhain 1977 28 Year

Scott's Bunnahabhain 1977 28 Year

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Review Date: July 2, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: (10x)$ ($100-$200) per 750 ml Bottle
Year Produced: 1977
Year Produced: 2005
Age: 28 year
Strength: 49.1%
Origin: Scotland - Islay


Tasting Notes:
Light-to-medium amber color.
The nose is brown sugar & sherry with a big nutty character.
Big cocoa notes on the palate with dry oak and rich and nutty leathery notes.
Not much peat at all and just a little bit of smoke.
Long leathery finish.

Menorval Tres Vieux Calvados

Menorval Tres Vieux Calvados

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Review Date: November 19, 2009
Category Info: Brandy :: Calvados
Distilled From: Apples
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100) per 750 ml Bottle
Age: 10 years
Casking: Oak Non-Specific
Strength: 40%
Origin: France, Calvados


Tasting Notes:
Rich amber color with golden fringes.
Pretty and elegant nose of fresh apple and subtle saltiness. There are notes of caramel and oaky/spicy cinnamon as well.
Rich and bold on the palate. Very dry with rich oak character that hits you first. Caramel and some salty maritime notes follow.
The finish is very dry and full of bold oak.

Kannia Cristal Clasico

Kannia Cristal Clasico

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Review Date: August 13, 2008
Category Info: Aguardiente
Distilled From: Sugar Cane
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 84
Origin: Ecuador


Tasting Notes:
Huge nutty, funky, briny, molasses nose. Very strange nose. Clean and lightly sweet on the palate. Very interesting.