Single malt whisky - tasting notes

30 Mar 2013

Cutty Sark –

Tasting notes by Ruben Luyten - Posted in * Blends

In their series of A-Z bottlings, the chaps from have reached the letter C. Contrary to Arran and BenRiach, it’s a blend rather than a single malt this time. It has been created with the help of Cutty Sark’s Master Blender Kirsteen Campbell.

It’s different from regular Cutty Sark expressions for a couple of reasons: it’s high-strength UK 90 proof (seems a prerequisite to me if your name is and there’s a hint of peat in it.




Cutty Sark - CaskstrengthCutty Sark ‘Cask Strength’
(51,4%, OB for, 500 btl.)

Nose: nice, with lots of pastry qualities and lemon custard. Hints of honey and yellow apple. Very soft pepper. Lemon blossom. Mouth: rather youngish, with slight new-make notes (apple and pear), which adds to the freshness of course. Lemon drops. Vanilla cake. Soft spices again. A little bitter harshness in the back. Finish: not too long. Takes the zesty bitterness a bit further. Hints of grapefruit and apple skin. Indeed also an echo of smoke, far away.

While this is fresh and enjoyable, I don’t really feel a special treatment or anything, the Neil & Joel magic, let’s say. For me it is what it’s supposed to be: a cask strength version of the (basic) Cutty Sark. There are 500 hand-signed bottles, available from Master of Malt for £ 35, approximately € 42.

Score: 78/100

Cutty Sark – 2 Ruben Luyten 2013-03-30



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