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:

Ararat Akhtamar 10 year Brandy

Ararat Akhtamar 10 year Brandy

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Review Date: April 16, 2008
Category Info: Brandy
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40)
Strength: 84
Origin: Armenia


Tasting Notes:
Much more powerful than the 5 year. The oak is very big. Not too sweet. Dreid fruits. Apricots.

Mane Armenian Brandy V.S.O.P. 5 Years Old

Mane Armenian Brandy V.S.O.P. 5 Years Old

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Review Date: October 20, 2009
Category Info: Brandy :: Brandy - V.S.O.P.
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 750 ml Bottle
Age: 5 year
Casking: Oak Non-Specific
Strength: 4-%
Origin: Armenia - Yerevan


Tasting Notes:
Voshkehat and Mskhalo grapes.
Rich amber / caramel color with gold at the fringes.
The nose is sweet caramel along with some notes of ripe grape and some alcohol heat.
The palate on this is very hot and the body is on the thin side. There is a note of caramel and a touch of oak.

Scott's Selection Longmorn-Glenlivet 1967 36 Year Single Malt Scotch

Scott's Selection Longmorn-Glenlivet 1967 36 Year Single Malt Scotch

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Review Date: July 2, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: luxury ($200+) per 750 ml Bottle
Year Produced: 1967
Year Produced: 2003
Age: 36 year
Strength: 52.2%
Origin: Scotland - Speyside


Tasting Notes:
Nice amber/brown color.
Light nose that smells like cotton candy. All sugar.
Extremely sweet on the palate with notes of burnt sugar and rich sherry.
Mellow oak and sugar stay throughout the entire palate.
Nice sweet malt but it is not tremendously complex.
Very easy to drink.