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:

Don Anastacio Reposado

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Review Date: January 29, 2008
Category Info: Tequila :: Aņejo - 100% de Agave
Distilled From: Agave
Retail Price: $$$$$ ($50-$100)
Age: 24 months in ba
Strength: 80
Origin: Mexico - Highlands

Tasting Notes:
Bright fruit nose. Reminiscent of apple. Huge spicy oak with long vanilla palate. Finish is long and very complex. Tons of earth. Very nice.

Harushika "Tokimeki" Sake Happo Junmai Sparkling

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Review Date: April 29, 2008
Category Info: Sake :: Sparkling
Distilled From: Rice - (Type Not Listed)
Retail Price: $ (under $20) per 300 ml Bottle
Origin: Japan, Nara

Tasting Notes:
Smells like boiled peanuts. A fair amount of sweetness but not overwhelming. Very pretty. Great complexity of nutty and fruity flavors.

Old Bardstown Estate Bottled Sour Mash

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Review Date: April 13, 2009
Category Info: Whiskey / Whisky :: Bourbon
Distilled From: Bourbon Mash
Retail Price: $$ ($20-$30)
Age: 10yr
Casking: Bourbon Barrel
Strength: 101 proof
Origin: United States - Bardstown, Kentucky

Tasting Notes:
Pretty vanilla nose with a powerful spice component. Big oak on the palate with subtly nutty notes but a mostly spicy flavor profile. With water the nose has citrus peel notes (orange). Slightly fruity and big spice.