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:

Josť Lopez Portillo Blanco Tequila

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Review Date: June 22, 2009
Category Info: Tequila :: Blanco - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: Mexico


Tasting Notes:
Big, pretty tropical fruit nose of pineapple with a hint of flinty pepper.
Slightly sweet agave hits you on the front of the palate and leads into a big, dry, peppery tequila.
Some nice tropical notes on the finish as well.
Good value.

Zodiac Vodka Luxury Potato Spirits

Zodiac Vodka Luxury Potato Spirits

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Review Date: July 20, 2009
Category Info: Vodka :: Potato
Distilled From: Potato
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: United States - Rigby, Idaho


Tasting Notes:
Slight alcohol heat with a big heavy potato character on the nose.
Very hot on the palate. There is a slightly oily texture, and mellow spice. Some light sweetness, but overall this is dominated by alcohol.

Tortuga Spiced Rum

Tortuga Spiced Rum

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Review Date: October 14, 2009
Category Info: Rum :: Spiced
Distilled From: Molasses
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30) per 750 ml Bottle
Strength: 40%
Origin: British West Indies - Cayman Islands


Tasting Notes:
Amber/ caramel color.
Banana cream and molasses with spice notes of clove and vanilla.
These Tortuga rums are unsual in that the flavored varieties are still full 80 proof spirits. The body of this reflects that. These are far less viscous than most flavored rums. The palate of this rum is very dry. Lightly spicy with clove notes and a bit of vanilla. The finish is caramel and molasses.