Founded by Berry Brothers & Rudd in 1923, Cutty Sark is one of the most iconic brands in the whisky world. With its green bottle, yellow label and the Cutty Sark ship on the label, it is a brand that is probably engraved in the minds of many of us. With Glenrothes, Glen Moray and Glen Turner malts at the heart of its blend, Cutty Sark is bottled at 40% abv.
The Cutty Sark ship, which gave its name to the brand, is one of the most famous ships, along with the Titanic. Built in 1869 in the Scottish town Dumbarton, the Cutty Sark is said to be one of the fastest sailboats of its time. Cutty Sark takes its name from the pseudonym of Nannie Dee in the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns' 1791 novel Tam o' Shanter. Having made voyages all over the world over the years, Cutty Sark currently welcomes its visitors as a museum in London.
Cutty Sark (Blended Scotch, 40% abv)
Nose: Lemon, honey, malt and light vanilla are followed by glue, hay and alcohol. Quite sweet with a "young" whisky character.
Palate: Sweet and easy to sip. Peppery and burnt aromas are followed by vanilla, citrus, lemon peel and malt. After a young and simple nose, I found the palate a little richer.
Finish: A warm and short finish with lemon, grain and honey notes.
Overall: As we would expect from a young blend, Cutty Sark has a prominent alcohol character, but also gives some lemon and malt aromas that I quite enjoyed it. The palate definitely better than the nose in terms of complexity. Best serve would be with ice in a hot day. It can also be preferred in Highball cocktail if you want to highlight the lemon character.
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