Cutty Sark is probably more known as a cocktail whisky and one of the first light-coloured blended whiskys. The legendary name comes from the Cutty Sark ship, which had recently been retired to England for naval training.
Cutty Sark 12 yrs is surprisingly good for a blended whisky. Round and light, refreshing and as complex as a blend can be. This is no Titanic, except it sinks well down my throat.
Don't know much about this 12YO drams reputation but when it comes to price, I'd say it is very underrated. 30 euros even in Finland(!) for this stuff is like a heist.
Nose: Light but buttery, salty with fresh hay and pears.
Taste: Tropical fruits and vanilla are the main characters. Like perfume, everything is very light. Hints of citrus and honey.
Finish: Nice length. Oak and fruity, sweet notes.
Balance: Well in balance, an okay dram. And for blended whisky, very fine. Real "bang for the buck" whisky.
Is this 12y/o's taste a long shot from the regular cutty sark (no age)?
Clarification: Finland is probably the most expensive country, when it comes to liquor prices.