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:

Park Cognac Vieille Grande Champagne 1er Cru

Park Cognac Vieille Grande Champagne 1er Cru

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Review Date: November 11, 2009
Category Info: Brandy :: Cognac X.O.
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: (10x)$ ($100-$200) per 750ml Bottle
Age: 50 Years
Casking: French Oak
Strength: 43%
Origin: France, Cognac

Tasting Notes:
Mahogany brown/amber color.
Rich spicy oak, vanilla, and candied fruits on the nose.
Bold and spicy flavor on the palate but the body is still relatively mellow, especially for the age.
The is rich oak tannin on the palate that is well-integrated with fruit. Some vanilla and rich spices last throughout the palate.
Good cognac at a very competitive price.

Murray McDavid Uitvlught Rum - Port Morant - Guyana 13 year

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Review Date: July 13, 2007
Category Info: Rum
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: Info Not Available
Age: 13yr
Origin: Guyana

Tasting Notes:
Weird peppery mouthfeel. Mellow, not super sweet. Nutty aroma.

Hacienda de la Flor

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Review Date: July 21, 2007
Category Info: Tequila :: Aņejo - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Age: 60 days
Strength: 80
Origin: Mexico

Tasting Notes:
La Cofradia makes Casa Noble, Clase Azul, Dos Manos. Pretty bland. Nice packaging.