Nose - Complex and powerful, layers of soft ripe citrus fruits, dipped in fresh honey and dusted with fragrant spices.
Palate - Creamy mouth-coating richness, hints of toffee with mouth-wateringly playful peppery notes which tingle the edges of the tongue.
Finish - Super smooth with soft lingering warmth and subtle hints of spice.
Ultimate Beverage Challenge 93 points - (Great Value)- Honey gold color. Sweet aroma is keenly malty, cereal-like, grassy, herbal, peppery, pleasing, easy. Taste profile reveals a layer of caramel that underpins the entire flavor experience. Finishes strong, sweet, grainy, honeyed. (Mar 2015)
Released 90 years after the end of the era which it celebrates, Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition has been crafted as a salute to the notorious Captain William McCoy, who smuggled Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky into America during the Prohibition era of the 1920s.
|An old-fashioned lunch in the parlour of 3 St James’s Street in London on 23rd March 1923 changed the course of Scotch whisky history for ever. In attendance were Francis Berry and Hugh Rudd, the partners of the world’s most prestigious wine and spirits merchants, Berry Bros. & Rudd, together with Scottish artist James McBey. The conversation turned, inevitably, to whisky; Berrys’ had been selling its own brands for some time in the UK and a small amount had been exported to the USA to private customers immediately before World War I. Berry Bros. & Rudd, like all good merchants, knew what their customers liked and felt that heavy, dark whiskies would spoil the palate of their wine-loving clientele.
The USA was in the grips of Prohibition but there were signs that this would not last forever; the partners saw an opportunity to create a new type of blended Scotch specifically for an international market. It was suggested that this whisky should differentiate itself from those already available by being lighter in style, blended only from the very finest whiskies. The new blend was to be bottled at its naturally pale colour to avoid the danger of caramel colouring masking its more subtle flavours. Coincidentally, this style of blended whisky would suit their personal tastes as wine drinkers.
Other blenders continued to market heavier, darker blends giving the new Berry Bros. & Rudd blend a real point of difference in an already competitive market. All that was missing was a name; the world’s fastest ship – a tea clipper named Cutty Sark – had just returned from many years trading and was much in the news at the time. James McBey, a keen sailor, suggested that this would be an admirable name for the new whisky. He then proceeded to draw a preliminary design on a napkin and used the correct term ‘Scots’ rather than the more common ‘Scotch’ whisky.