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 Limited Edition Single Highland Malt Glenfarclas 1965 40 Year

Scott's Selection Limited Edition Single Highland Malt Glenfarclas 1965 40 Year

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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: 1965
Year Produced: 2005
Age: 40 year
Strength: 48.5%
Origin: Scotland - Speyside


Tasting Notes:
Medium amber color.
Creamy nose of lemon-meringue and cinnamon. Massive nutty notes and creamy sweet sherry on the palate. Rich melon as well.
The palate leads to huge alcohol pepper and rich spicy oak.
A sweet style but very powerful.

C. Dudognon Cognac Grande Champagne Reserve

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Review Date: April 29, 2008
Category Info: Brandy :: Cognac
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Age: 10 years
Strength: 80
Origin: France - Grande Champagne, Cognac


Tasting Notes:
Big Oak. Spicy and rich but the oak takes over. A little vanilla.

Dassai Junmai Ginjo Premium "Otter Festival"

Dassai Junmai Ginjo Premium

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Review Date: June 12, 2009
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai Ginjo
Distilled From: Yamadanishki / Omachi
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30) per 720 ml Bottle
Strength: 15-16%
Nihonshudo / Sake Meter Value: +4.0
Origin: Japan, Yamaguchi


Tasting Notes:
Very bright nose of jasmine, citrus, and lychee.
Very crisp and refreshing up front with big citrus notes on the mid palate.
Medium creamy mouthfeel.
The flavors fade into a ginger and pepper finish.