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Cutty Sark ‘Prohibition’

Bought: Master of Malt, 3rd March 2016

Ratings:
85/100 – Whisky Whistle (his video review below from November 2015)
82.1/100 – Whiskybase (average from 23 member votes)

If some or all of your whisky sits out on display then, like a work of art, it helps if it looks aesthetically pleasing. The average bottle of whisky spends more time waiting to be drunk than the time it takes to drink it. Therefore it helps if a bottle looks nice and the makers of Cutty Sark Prohibition have given this some serious thought. Long before I ever taste this whisky I love the styling. The history element also sparks my interest. This bottle was released in 2013 to mark the 80-year anniversary of the end of prohibition in America, which has a strong connection with the ‘Cutty Sark’ name.

Although over 82/100 on Whiskybase is a very good rating not everyone likes the Prohibition. Expert whisky reviewer Mark Dermul finds it too rough saying “the body is fine, the mouth feel is round and almost creamy. It starts of sweet, but immediately a rough and peppery note and a lot of liquorice pop up. The oranges turn very bitter and it has a sour edge that I cannot appreciate. In my opinion, it goes downhill pretty fast.”

Another Whiskybase member, Jon Osterman, gives us his thoughts and a rating of 82/100, which is very representative of the average: “I found this to be quite tasty, with something that reminds me of meaty Sherry cask dominating the nose along with sweet toffee and some industrial notes. Very flavourful for the price asked” and he added “good value for money”.

At 50% and non-chillfiltered you get the feeling that the makers of Prohibition have given the taste as much thought as the styling. But, this is a blend, so if I find it bitter then there’s nothing to stop me from adding lemonade without the Whisky Police breaking my front door down.

Here’s Whisky Whistle’s comprehensive review of the Prohibition blend:

Cutty Sark Prohibition NAS 70cl

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Cutty Sark ‘Imperial Kingdom’ (Berry Bros & Rudd)

Bought as part of a miniature trio of Cutty Sark in the ‘Connoisseurs Set’ from Whisky Exchange, 28th July 2013.

Cutty Sark Imperial Kingdom Blend 5cl

Cutty Sark 12-year-old (Berry Bros & Rudd)

Bought as part of a miniature trio of Cutty Sark in the ‘Connoisseurs Set’ from Whisky Exchange, 28th July 2013.

In 2010 Edrington bought the rights to Cutty Sark from Berry Bros & Rudd. The Whisky Bible 2013 gives the Cutty Sark 12yo 92/100 but that’s the new version by Edrington. I have the old version by Berry Bros & Rudd. Looks like I’ll have to find a version of The Whisky Bible from before 2010 to find out what Jim Murray thinks of my bottling!

Cutty Sark 12yo Emerald Blend 5cl

Cutty Sark (Berry Bros & Rudd)

Bought as part of a miniature trio of Cutty Sark in the ‘Connoisseurs Set’ from Whisky Exchange, 28th July 2013.

The ‘Whisky Bible 2013’ gives the standard bottle (which I believe this is) of Cutty Sark by Berry Bros & Rudd 92.5/100. The only difference is that the bible says the bottle is 40%, where as my version is 43%. That sounds to me like it’s 3% better! 🙂

Cutty Sark Blended Scots Whisky 5cl