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 Jose Lopez Portillo Blanco

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Review Date: March 19, 2008
Category Info: Tequila :: Blanco - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30)
Strength: 80
Origin: Mexico


Tasting Notes:
Spicy alcohol on the nose. The palate is a bit spicy with a bit of wet earth. Nice for an earthy style. Not many fruity notes.

Mackillop's Choice Bowmore 1984 19 year

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Review Date: October 17, 2008
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: (10x)$ ($100-$200)
Year Produced: 1984
Age: 19yr
Casking: Bourbon Barrel
Strength: 86 proof
Origin: Scotland - Islay


Tasting Notes:
Mellow nose for an Islay. Sweet notes of merengue and subtle oaky toast. The palate is classic light peat, and smoke but this is suprisingly light, sweet, and complex.

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

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Review Date: July 14, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Bourbon
Distilled From: Bourbon Mash
Retail Price: $$$$ ($40-$50) per 750 ml Bottle
Age: minimum 7 years
Strength: 45%
Origin: United States - Lawrenceburg, Kentucky


Tasting Notes:
Very orange amber color.
The nose of this has very big citrus / fruity rye notes and subtle rye spice along with some mellow oaky vanilla character.
On the palate this is extremely spicy and fruity. The very high rye content is quite evident. I would say that this bourbon will be very love/hate for people, dependent on their taste for rye. The flavors are powerful and complex. Big rye spice mixes with a subtle menthol / mint note and some heavy oak character.
Well made.