Single malt whisky - tasting notes

28 Jun 2012

Cutty Sark Storm

Posted by: Ruben Luyten In: * Blends

Cutty Sark StormWe’re seeing a big push forward by Cutty Sark lately, with a new master blender, updated packaging and well-made limited editions like Cutty Sark Tam o’Shanter 25 years old.

They’ve now introduced a new member in their core range: Cutty Sark Storm. It’s an entry-level blend (under the 12yo and 18yo) based around North British grain whisky but with a higher malt content and considerably older malts than before.

 

Cutty Sark Storm (40%, OB 2012)

Cutty Sark StormNose: fresh and vibrant, with many fruity notes. Think peach, pineapple, banana and gooseberries. Some oranges as well. A little vanilla. Hints of polished oak in the background. Indeed not very grainy. Mouth: sweet, light, not too powerful but remember we’re dealing with a different kind of target customer here. Quite a nice, creamy texture anyway. Again peaches and pears on the foreground. Popcorn. Icing sugar and vanilla. Then some fresh oak and very light spices like pepper. Finish: okay length, still quite sweet and popcorn-like, with a softly drying oaky touch.

This was a preview sample, and I have no information about pricing yet. I suppose it will be sold for a very low price (the current Cutty Sark NAS is around € 15). If you take this into account, it’s a very good offering with decent complexity and a big step up from what our uncles and other blend drinkers are used to. An opponent for Bailie Nicol Jarvie when it comes to value for money.

Score: 80/100

Cutty Sark Storm 3 Ruben Luyten 2012-06-28

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  • WhiskyNotes: It says 'single cask Scotch whisky' on the label, so yes, technically it can even contain a bit of Girvan grain. Not that it matters a lot though.
  • kallaskander: Hi there, could be a teaspooned blenders cask... technically not a single malt then.... that seems more probable than letting an IB bring out the fir
  • Glenn Vanbellingen: If you put the 12 y origin at 40% head to head with the 12 y origin 46% you see it immediately or better you taste it immediately.

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