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:

Jöka Vodka Spirit of Aspen

Jöka Vodka Spirit of Aspen

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Review Date: July 20, 2009
Category Info: Vodka :: Potato
Distilled From: Potato
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: United States - Bend, Oregon


Tasting Notes:
100% of the proceeds from this vodka go to US veterans of war.
Soft earth and alcohol pepper on the nose.
Creamy texture with soft and mellow-sweet earthy notes up front.
Slight spice on the palate and overall this has nice flavor with only a bit of alcohol heat.
The finish is alcohol pepper and a slight earthy note.
A decent value vodka and for a good cause.

Signatory Cask Strength Highland Park 1982 22 Year

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Review Date: October 8, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: (10x)$ ($100-$200) per 750 ml Bottle
Year Produced: 1982
Age: 22 year
Casking: Hogshead
Strength: 56%
Origin: Scotland - Orkney


Tasting Notes:
Pale yellow color, clear at the fringes.
Classic Highland Park nose with salt, mellow smoke, and sweet malt.
On the palate this whisky is very sweet for the distillery but there is nice interplay between salt and sweet malt.
The finish is mellow sweet.

Prichard's Single Malt Whiskey

Prichard's Single Malt Whiskey

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Review Date: March 30, 2010
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: 88% Barley / 12% Rye
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100) per 750 ml Bottle
Age: 3 years
Casking: Bourbon Barrel / Rum Barrels
Strength: 40%
Origin: United States - Kelso, Tennessee


Tasting Notes:
Rich old amber color.
Rich nose of malted barley with soft rye fruit and a slight molasses/caramel color.
On the palate this has a rich texture and a very unique tasting palate with a big influence of leathery and smoky rum. There are nice notes of malted barley and a soft fruity character from the rye.
Finishes long with rich oak, toasty malt, and soft smoke.