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:

Scott's Selection Highland Park 1985 19 Year Single Malt Scotch

Scott's Selection Highland Park 1985 19 Year Single Malt Scotch

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Review Date: July 2, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Unspecified or Neutral Spirits
Retail Price: luxury ($200+) per 750 ml Bottle
Year Produced: 1985
Year Produced: 2004
Age: 19 year
Strength: 53.5%
Origin: Scotland


Tasting Notes:
Light amber color.
Mellow salt and smoke nose with apricot and orange.
Rich peat and smoke up front with smoke lasting throughout the palate and through the finish. Sweet carmel and spicy, salty dried fleshy fruits. Apricot and peach.
Very powerful but delicious.

Pierre Ferrand Reserve Cognac

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Review Date: February 12, 2008
Category Info: Brandy :: Cognac
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Age: 20 year
Strength: 80
Origin: France


Tasting Notes:
Candied orange on the nose, also tea and prune on the nose. A hint of cedar. Not too sweet on the palate. Quite nice with a long rich oaky and light vanilla finish.

Scott's Selection Auchentoshan 1983 21 Year Single Malt Scotch

Scott's Selection Auchentoshan 1983 21 Year Single Malt Scotch

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Review Date: July 2, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: luxury ($200+) per 750 ml Bottle
Year Produced: 1983
Year Produced: 2004
Age: 21 year
Strength: 52.4%
Origin: Scotland - Lowlands


Tasting Notes:
Very light yellow color.
Slight smoke and flint on the nose.
On the palate this has a nutty profile with notes of baking spices and cocoa powder.
Spicy and flinty throughout the palate.
The finish is very long.
The most smoke I have tasted on an Auchentoshan bottling.
Great but pricey.