Cutty Sark – Tasting a New Trio

Following on from Nicola’s, Cutty Sark and Cutty Sark 12YO tasting, those kind folks at Edrington sent us over the remaining drams in there core range for reviewing, see the results below:

Cutty Sark Whisky was inspired by the Scottish built clipper launched in 1869. This clipper was named after a witch in Robert Burns poem Tam O’Shanter who wore a Cutty Sark (a short shirt or vest).

Our first tasting of the night is the Cutty Sark Storm,  this blended Scotch is the second creation from Master Blender Kirsteen Campbell and contains the same fine grain Whisky as the in the Cutty Sark Blend but has a higher proportion of grand older single malts.

Cutty Sark – Storm Blended Scotch Whisky, 40% Alc/vol 70cl

Colour…Golden beach sand

Jim’s Tastingcutty-sark-storm

Nose…Fresh and clean, new oak shavings, soft Caribbean fruits, vanilla hint.
Taste…Sweet vanilla, creamy mouth texture, sherry and pepper spice, the oak is still in there, needs a teardrop of water.
Finish…Medium finish, quite drying, the spice does linger a little, a feeling of a little elegance.

Score…3 Corks

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Buttery popcorn, sweet corn, cotton wool, dry, peanut butter.
Taste…Pineapple chunks, rocket lettuce, butterkist, white pepper.
Finish…Medium and drying soft and gentle.

Score…3.5 Corks

Overall score…3.5 Corks

Not a bad dram, has some nice hidden aroma’s and flavours, at a price of less than £20.00 it is certainly a very good buy. You will be able to get a bottle or two from your specialist whisky shop and on line. Check out www.cutty-sark.com for all the details and news for all the Cutty Sark expressions available.

Let’s move on to our number two of the night.


Cutty Sark – 18 Year Old Blended Scotch Whisky, 43% Alc/vol

Colour…Chestnut gold

Jim’s Tastingcutty-18

Nose…Hints of sherried raisins, dark forest fruits, slight hint of peat.
Taste…Rich, creamy, juicy fruit, mouth watering, almond icing, a warm nip on the tongue.
Finish…Long with a spicy warmth, some wood showing, need little or no water with this smooth dram.

Score…4 Corks

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Oily orange skins, burnt crumpet, plump fruit slices, hint of mint, lime juice concentrate.
Taste…Buttery sharp orange juice, orange skins, dried fruits, cherries and some berries.
Finish…Smokey tobacco with some lingering spice.

Score…3.5 Corks

Overall score…4 Corks

This is a sweet rich and creamy dram, very evident it was in some sherry seasoned casks. this well aged blend can be in your cabinet for less than £60.00 which is not a bad price for an eighteen year old blended Scotch. Available from your specialist whisky shop and certainly on line or the Cutty Sark website.

Our third and final tasting for the night is:-

Cutty Sark – Tam O’Shanter Blended Scotch Whisky, 25 Year Old, 46.5% Alc/vol 70cl

Colour…Rich copper mahogany

Jim’s Tastingcutty-sark-tam-oshanter

Nose…Molasses, Camp coffee, sultanas and banana’s. rich dark fruit cake.
Taste…Warming chilli nip, plump sherried sultanas, warmed chocolate, spiced chocolate icing, faint smoke way in the background, appreciates just a teardrop of water.
Finish…Long and reassuringly warm.

Score…3.5 Corks

Nicola’s Tasting

Nose…Christmas musk, intense reduced caramel, coffee essence, coffee and walnut cake.
Taste…Velvet Galaxy chocolate, minty freshness, vanilla wax, smouldering embers, coal fire, leather.
Finish…Delightfully long and a sweet coffee, leaving a wee hint of smoke to linger.

Score…4 Corks

Overall score…4 Corks

A grand trio, which we both enjoyed very much, Nicola’s favourite was the Tam O’Shanter, Jim’s was the 18 Year Old.

The Tam O’Shanter at just under £200.00 it certainly not cheap but if you ask Nicola she will tell you it is well worth every penny.

The Whisky Boys highly recommend that every Whisky lover should find time to try some of these well aged blend’s as you will not be disappointed.

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