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:

Sonnema Vodka - Herb

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Review Date: April 13, 2009
Category Info: Vodka :: Flavored - Herbal
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $ (under $20)
Strength: 80
Origin: Holland

Tasting Notes:
This seems a bit like an aquavit. The nose is herbal with juniper being very present. (The added herbs are rosemary, gentian, juniper, and wormwood) The palate is spicy. This is a nice product.

Kauffman Luxury Collection Vodka

Kauffman Luxury Collection Vodka

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Review Date: August 28, 2008
Category Info: Vodka
Distilled From: Wheat
Retail Price: luxury ($200+)
Age: 2005 vintage
Strength: 80
Origin: Russia

Tasting Notes:
1 liter bottle
14 times distilled
Clean nose with earthy grain apparent. Rich clean flavor. A bit hot. Rich and spicy.

Shimizu-No-Mai Pure Dusk Junmai Daiginjo

Shimizu-No-Mai Pure Dusk Junmai Daiginjo

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Review Date: July 16, 2009
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai Daiginjo
Distilled From: Rice - (Type Not Listed)
Retail Price: $$$$ ($40-$50) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 15.5%
Nihonshudo / Sake Meter Value: +3
Origin: Japan

Tasting Notes:
Tropical nose with honeydew rind and banana notes.
A little sweet on the palate with big melon notes. The alcohol is slightly hot on this as well. The flavor has some strange earthy notes as well.
This sake is decent but the price is too high.