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:

El Mante Pasión Tequila Blanco Rosas

El Mante Pasión Tequila Blanco Rosas

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Review Date: July 16, 2009
Category Info: Tequila :: Blanco - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: Mexico


Tasting Notes:
Neon pink, artificially added color.
Spicy nose of pepper and some alcohol heat.
On the palate this has a big and spicy profile. For some reason the pink color makes me expect it to be sweet but it is very dry. Some nice agave notes and a bold spicy profile. The heat from the nose is not overly present on the palate but it is there slightly on the finish. Overall the flavor is good.
A bold spicy style blanco.
The color is novel and it may make people give it a try, but on the other hand it may look a bit too artificial.
Decent, not worth the price asked on taste alone, but worth it if you like the novelty.

Signatory Vintage Glen Grant 1989 15yr

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Review Date: July 16, 2007
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Year Produced: 1989
Year Produced: 2005
Age: 15yr
Casking: Sherry Hogshead
Strength: 86 proof
Origin: Scotland - Speyside Rothes


Tasting Notes:
Flowery aperitif nose. Big complex and spicy palate. Vanilla just at the back of the nose. MJ say herbal and hazelnut. Subtle but there in this bottling.

Me Oko Vodka with Natural Strawberry Flavor

Me Oko Vodka with Natural Strawberry Flavor

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Review Date: September 14, 2009
Category Info: Vodka :: Flavored - Strawberry
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $$$$ ($40-$50) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 30%
Origin: United States - Garnerville, New York


Tasting Notes:
Light pink, muted ruby color.
Very fragrant nose of perfume-like strawberry.
Extremely sweet on the palate. Very thick and viscous like a liqueur.
The flavor is rich with sugar and some light fresh natural strawberry character.
Interesting. It is very sweet to be classified as a vodka, it seems more like liqueur to me. Overall, the flavor is clean, natural, and enjoyable.