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:

Don Jesus Reserva Familiar Reposado

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Review Date: September 21, 2007
Category Info: Tequila :: Reposado - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40)
Age: 6 months
Strength: 80
Origin: Mexico, Jalisco


Tasting Notes:
Column Distilled. Very mellow alcohol spice but nice flavor. Very good. Unique nutty and earth flavors.

Signatory Cask Strength Ledaig 1993 14yr

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Review Date: November 18, 2008
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: Info Not Available
Year Produced: 1993
Age: 14yr
Strength: 86 proof
Origin: Scotland - Mull


Tasting Notes:
Light peat and iodine nose. Mellow peat and smoke with light body and very light color. Pretty whisky.

Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake

Hana Hou Hou Shu Sparkling Sake

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Review Date: May 12, 2009
Category Info: Sake :: Sparkling
Distilled From: Yamadanishiki
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 300 ml Bottle
Strength: 6.1%
Origin: Japan, Okayama


Tasting Notes:
The pink color of this sake comes from the addition of rose hips and hibiscus flowers. The nose has herbal notes, notably hibiscus, and the smells trends towards ruby red grapefruit. Bright and lively on the palate. Huge citrus fruit. The finish is very sweet but not cloying. The sparkling texture is nice and crisp.