We’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)
Nose: 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.