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:

Hound Dog Sweet Tea Vodka

Hound Dog Sweet Tea Vodka

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Review Date: April 16, 2009
Category Info: Vodka :: Flavored - Sweet Tea
Distilled From: Grain - Non-Specific
Retail Price: $ (under $20)
Strength: 70
Origin: United States - St. Louis, Missouri


Tasting Notes:
Smells exactly like a cup of lipton's tea. The nose doesn't smell too sweet. On the palate this is huge sugar with a strong tea flavor bordering being too bitter. The sugar. The finish has a strong bite of slightly harsh grain vodka. Maybe okay as a shooter.

Old Malt Cask Isle Of Jura 1990 15 year

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Review Date: November 8, 2007
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Single Malt Whiskey
Distilled From: Barley
Retail Price: (10x)$ ($100-$200)
Year Produced: 1990
Age: 10yr
Casking: Bourbon Barrel
Strength: 100 proof
Origin: Scotland - Jura


Tasting Notes:
Great medium to full body. Some earthy green tea type notes with big nutty flavor. There is a nice earthy flavor here without a lot of peat or smoke. Great island whisky.

Brandy 1920

Brandy 1920

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Review Date: June 8, 2009
Category Info: Brandy
Distilled From: Grapes
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 1 Liter Bottle
Age: 2 years
Strength: 40%
Origin: Portugal


Tasting Notes:
The nose is hot.
The brandy is mildly sweet and a little spicy.
Very thin body on the palate.
The finish has a slight note of pecans.