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:

Los Arango Anejo

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Review Date: July 24, 2007
Category Info: Tequila :: Aņejo - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Strength: 80
Origin: Mexico

Tasting Notes:
Big oak tequila. Agave doesn't really cut through and show above the oak. It shows big vanilla and oak. Maybe added oak flavor.

Balvenie Doublewood 12 year

Balvenie Doublewood 12 year

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Review Date: February 16, 2010
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100) per 750 ml Bottle
Age: 12 years
Casking: Bourbon / Sherry Finish
Strength: 43%
Origin: Scotland - Speyside

Tasting Notes:
Light amber color.
Honey, vanilla, and orangey notes on the nose with sherry readily apparent.
Sweet malt profile with a medium body. Rich nutty character, notes of honey and vanilla.
Slight spicy oak note on the finish with honey lasting throughout.
Nice malt.

Plantation Rum Barbados Grande Reserve

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Review Date: June 5, 2009
Category Info: Rum :: Aged Rum
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: Barbados

Tasting Notes:
Pretty mellow sugar nose.
Sweet up front with some nice toasted oak and caramel notes.
A long finish of brown sugar. Sweet style.
Great value!