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:

Imperial Super Premium Vodka

Imperial Super Premium Vodka

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Review Date: August 31, 2009
Category Info: Vodka :: Wheat
Distilled From: Wheat
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: Russia - St. Petersburg

Tasting Notes:
Birch charcoal filtered.
Very similar soft-wheat nose to the soft version from imperial collection, though it is 2x less distilled than that version.
A bit harsh on the palate with underlying pepper but a lot of bitter alcohol that lasts throughout the finish.
Decent but not great for the price.

Chikumanishiki Sango

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Review Date: February 1, 2008
Category Info: Sake :: Honjozo
Distilled From: Rice - (Type Not Listed)
Retail Price: Info Not Available per 720 ml Bottle
Strength: 14%
Origin: Japan, Nagano

Tasting Notes:
Honjozo Style. Very light and floral. Spring water type body. Floral finish and the alcohol integrates seamlessly. (Beautiful label - Artist's name Yumeji Takehisa)

Setsugetsubijin Junmai Ginjo "Snow Moon Beauty"

Setsugetsubijin Junmai Ginjo

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Review Date: March 11, 2010
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai Ginjo
Distilled From: Gohyakumangoku
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 300 ml Bottle
Strength: 14-15%
Seimaibuai: 55%
Nihonshudo / Sake Meter Value: +3
Origin: Japan - Hita, Oita

Tasting Notes:
Slightly sweet nose with a note of earthy rice.
Light and lean on the palate. Very refreshing profile of tropical fruit up front and a creamy, underlying note of earthy rice. The finish leaves a long note of slightly sweet almond and subtle earth.
Excellent value.