Cutty Sark is one of the more well known blends. Yes sometimes I drink blends. It’s not much of an adventure if you just stick to whiskies you know or ones that everyone recommends, you can’t know what good whisky is until you’ve tried some average and downright bad stuff to have a base for comparison. Blends are perfectly fine, and can sometimes be surprisingly good.
Cutty Sark is a blend I’d seen around forever but never tried. Growing up in South Africa I actually thought it was a cheap knock off of Three Ships when I was younger. So I bought a miniature to see what I was missing out on.
The brand is owned by Edrington Group (of Macallan and Highland Park Fame), although I think it’s safe to assume that Glenrothes probably makes up the base for this blend.
Aged 3 years *, 40% ABV
*for lack of age statement
Nose: De-flavoured grape juice (the stuff they use to sweeten fruit juice). Straw. Pears. Sultanas. Corn spirit. Sawdust. Lychees. Orange peel.
Palate: Dry wood. Canned fruit salad syrup. Bitter lemon. Grain spirit.
Finish: Short. Simple syrup. Light wood. Bitter citrus. A bit of olive oil.
Rating: Try this (if for nothing more than just for the bucket list)
Global VFM: 3-4/5 (It’s very cheap in most markets)
Local VFM: 2/5
I was honestly expecting something much worse. This was light, approachable and quite drinkable. Very Speyside in character, and I’ve had some stuff from Glenrothes that’s less exciting. Not bad for a cheap a blend.