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:

Yumehibiki Brightly Plum Liqueur 3 Year Matured

Yumehibiki Brightly Plum Liqueur  3 Year Matured

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Review Date: May 12, 2009
Category Info: Liqueur :: Plum
Distilled From: Plums
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 21%
Origin: Japan, Ooita


Tasting Notes:
Dark amber color. Very viscous. Extremely extracted flavor of rich prunes. (Reminiscent of the amarone process in a way) Very rich. Beautiful dessert wine. Very fresh and lively on the palate with massive flavors of gorgeous sweet plums!

El Cortez 21 Year Caribbean Rum

El Cortez 21 Year Caribbean Rum

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Review Date: July 6, 2009
Category Info: Rum :: Aged Rum
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: (10x)$ ($100-$200) per 750 ml Bottle
Age: 21 year
Strength: 40%
Origin: Columbia


Tasting Notes:
Medium amber/brown color.
The nose has rich complex notes of oak, smoke, & flint with big vanilla and underlying molasses character.
The palate is big and smoky, I was immediately hit with a slight mint/menthol note and that stayed through the mid-palate. Oak dominates the palate throughout with a lean towards smoke. There is nice molasses character and the texture is full but clean, not mouth-coating. The finish is long and it consists of well integrated oak toast and earthy molasses. Well made but the price is substantial.

Karen Coy Junmai Sake

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Review Date: May 14, 2008
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai
Distilled From: Gohyakumangoku
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30) per 500ml Bottle
Strength: 10-11%
Seimaibuai: 65%
Origin: Japan, Niigata


Tasting Notes:
Very pretty and floral. Sweet but only delicately so. Made with a very delicate yeast strain. Beautiful.