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Cutty Sark - Whisky Review

Cutty Sark - Whisky Review

A blended Scotch Whisky, delicious served over ice.

Cutty Sark - Whisky Review

A bit about

American Oak and ex-Sherry Casks are used, and mostly Speyside Malts, resulting in a light-coloured whisky with 40% ABV.

Produced by Glen Turner Company, Cutty Sark had its beginnings in 1923. Since then, it became the first Blended Scotch to sell a million bottles in the USA.

The name of this whisky comes from the Cutty Sark, a high-speed sailing vessel (tea clipper) which you can see drawn on the label. The ship itself was named after a witch's clothes (short shirt) in Robert Burns' poem Tam o' Shanter.

Cutty Sark - Whisky Review

If you want to see the real deal, head over to London (Greenwich) where you can go on a tour of the ship. Last time I was there, the entry ticket was around £20, and I think it's worth it considering it's one of the few remaining intact 19th-century ships.

*By absolute chance, a miniature 'Cutty Sark' happened to be close by when I opened the bottle - I took it as a good sign.

Cutty Sark - Whisky Review

Time to try it

Nose: Sharp, with a decent amount of grain, a bit herbal

Taste: Slightly oily on the palate with citrus notes, fresh and crisp green apples, and the tiniest hint of smoke

Finish: Medium, with more sour/fresh green apple taste

Cutty Sark - Whisky Review

Pros and Cons

Priced around £20-23 on most UK websites it's an interesting whisky to have around the house, especially for cocktails, and even more so if you prefer blended whiskies.

If your go-to is a full-bodied aged Single Malt then this is probably not for you if you're looking for something similar, but if all you want is to enjoy a delicious whisky cocktail, then you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Cutty Sark - Whisky Review

In Conclusion

If you have read any of my other reviews, you will see that more often than not, I much prefer my glass of whisky neat, or every so often with a splash of cold water.

Every once in a while I encounter a whisky which, at first try would not be an ideal dram for me, but, after experimenting a bit with the amount of ice, water, or any mixer, I find the optimal way of serving it (for me, at least).

I'm not the biggest fan of neat Cutty Sark, but over a decent amount of ice, or with a splash of soda water, it's highly enjoyable on a sunny day.

Cutty Sark - Whisky Review

As always, please drink responsibly.

If you like this little review please click on the little heart below and if you've tried this whisky, I would love to hear what you think of it, in the comments below.

I hope life is treating you well.

Take care.

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