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Cutty Sark 25 Year Old

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Cutty Sark 25 Year Old

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  • Brand: Cutty Sark
  • Bottler: Unknown
  • ABV: 45.7%
  • Age: 25 year old

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Cutty Sark 25 Year Old

Another Cutty Sark, but this time the 25 Year Old, which contains 95% Speyside malt whisky and only 5% (doh!) grain. Judging by the colour, some sherry casks were used.

That is immediately confirmed on the nose. Dark fruit (figs, raisins) and some mandarin, peach and loads of toffee. Very round and full. Nice spices too. Liquorice, vanilla, aniseed and mint. But also something that reminds me of incense, those little sticks that you light to give your home an oriental perfume. Even some tar. Chocolate and garden herbs. Mildly drying. Very, very complex.

While I had expected it to be creamier on the palate, the attack if more than fair. Loads of malt with pepper and aniseed, before the fruit kicks in. Handful of nuts. Vanilla pudding. Rum. Orangettes. And a whiff of smoke.

The finish is long, peppery and sweet, with an extra helping of peat.

Marvellous. Wow, this can easily hold its own next to many a malt! Between 130 and 150 EUR. Not to be confused with the Tam o’Shanter (although I am told that one is excellent as well). Thanks, Andreas!


I had my eye on this whisky for some time (I admit to being persuaded by Ian Buxton's compelling description of this blend in his original "101 Whiskies" book). However, priced prohibitively at nearly $200 by our local liquor extortion racket (the LCBO), tasting it was to remain an unrealized dream. Until, inexplicably, they lowered the price to $99. I'd like to think that someone in the corporate hierarchy had pangs of conscience for the years of gouging we Ontarians have had to (and continue to) endure, but I'm sure the decision to lower the price was much more pragmatic.

Nose: rich and smooth. Grape juice, honey, orange marmalade, sweet tobacco, soft grains, and a hint of mint.

Palate: a sweet and silky delivery with a rich, coating mouth feel. Honey and grapes again, with orange cream, soft grains, red fruits, there's that mint again, and delicate spice (cinnamon and clove). It's everything Buxton describes, and more.

Finish: the palate fades gently but with a long finish. Remnants of bitter orange and honey, with an echo of grape juice.

A fantastic whisky. It may have even been worth the $200...

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