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:

A.D. Rattray 16 year Craigellachie

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Review Date: October 7, 2008
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Year Produced: 1991
Year Produced: 2008
Age: 16yr
Casking: Bourbon Barrel
Strength: 119
Origin: Scotland - Speyside


Tasting Notes:
Mellow and nutty nose with subtle earth / truffle, and tropical fruit and caramelized banana nose. Big bourbon spice on the palate. Needs a bit of water. With water the vanilla on the nose opens up and the flavor becomes a bit more woody and nutty. Good powerful Speyside. Big bourbon oak toast.

Gordon & MacPhail Glen Grant 12 year

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Review Date: October 27, 2007
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Scotch
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Age: 12yr
Casking: Bourbon Barrel
Strength: 86 proof
Origin: Scotland - Speyside


Tasting Notes:
Sweet speyside nose. Very pretty mellow Speyside. Nice malt character and a very mellow sweetness. Clean Finish.

Mustu Wa Junmai Extremely Dry

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Review Date: March 20, 2008
Category Info: Sake :: Junmai
Distilled From: Mutsuhomare
Retail Price: $$$ ($30-$40) per 720ml Bottle
Strength: 15%
Seimaibuai: 60%
Origin: Japan, Aomori


Tasting Notes:
Huge acidity. Extremely dry. Clean finish. Very rich alcohol spice and nice herbal notes.