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:

Dos Lunas Silver Tequila

Dos Lunas Silver Tequila

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Review Date: November 12, 2009
Category Info: Tequila :: Blanco - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 750ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: Mexico - Zapotlanejo, Jalisco


Tasting Notes:
5-6 week natural-yeast fermentation.
Slightly earthy and spicy on the nose with hints of leather.
The texture on the palate is light-to-medium and approaching being oily.
This tequila has a very earthy, nutty profile with hints of leather and white pepper.

Clément Créole Shrubb

Clément Créole Shrubb

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Review Date: July 6, 2009
Category Info: Liqueur :: Orange
Distilled From: Sugar Cane
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 80 proof
Origin: Martinique


Tasting Notes:
Shrubb is a blend of white rum and aged rum, infused with bitter orange peels and créole spices.
Beautifully complex aroma of earthy sugar cane, leathery spices, and orange peel. The nose is almost creamy.
Sweet on the palate but also very richly spicy. This is incredibly complex and creamy sweet without being cloying at all.
The spice notes are cinnamon and clove and they marry very well with the bright flavor of fresh oranges.
This is fantastic!
A perfect high-end sub for any triple sec or orange liqueur recipe.

Signatory Cask Strength Ledaig 1993 14yr

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Review Date: November 18, 2008
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: Info Not Available
Year Produced: 1993
Age: 14yr
Strength: 86 proof
Origin: Scotland - Mull


Tasting Notes:
Light peat and iodine nose. Mellow peat and smoke with light body and very light color. Pretty whisky.