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Cutty Sark Prohibition

Nozinan Mini and Sample Series - 8

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@NozinanReview by @Nozinan

11th Oct 2015


Cutty Sark Prohibition
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I’ve been wanting to try this for a very long time. @Victor has written some very nice things about it on Connosr. Thankfully, when I saw him in April I was able to come away with a small 1 oz sample.

This review is of ~10 cc. The sample bottle was full and I do not know when it was opened or decanted.


Neat - First impression - Fruity and very “malt”-like. After sitting in the glass 5 min, however, I get a vegetal note. Reminds me of my Bladnoch 12. The nose on initial hit was very pleasant, 23/25, but now it’s around 19. So I will give it a 21.

With the addition of 4 drops of water and 5 minutes in the glass, the vegetal smell has subsided a little. The fruitiness has returned a little.


Neat - Very interesting. A richness in mouthfeel, creaminess. The vegetal note translates into the palate. But there is a sweetness there as well. It’s not unpleasant. A little alcohol burn. A pleasant sour note. 21

With the water, there’s a creamy smoothness to it, more so than before.

Finish - The burn lasts a while. I get a saltiness on the finish. A little bitter. Then my tongue feels dry. 21. Water does not affect the finish.

Balance: A smooth, not unpleasant whisky. Not sure I would buy it because I would likely not choose it over the others in my cabinet. But definitely one of the better blends I’ve tried. 22

After writing the above I checked out @Victor’s review and he scores it a 87 to my 85. Probably within the margin of error. I agree it is quite bold in flavour.

I now get a hint of liquorice or anise on the palate (power of suggestion?).

I think as a blend this punches well above its weight. who am I kidding? If it were at the LCBO I’d probably get one.

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Victor commented

@Nozinan, I'll have to see about getting bigger samples to you in the future. Of course if Canada would let me without paying for my own whisky twice, I would have been bringing more whisky to share with me/us on each of our trips to visit your lovely province of Ontario.

I am fascinated that this particular whisky, Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition, produces some kaleidoscopic effects which vary greatly from person to person. @Benancio, for example, finds Prohibition to be very sweet, while you mention sweetness in passing as one factor of several, and put more emphasis on the others.

I take from this that there is a lot going on here, and different individuals tend to focus on certain aspects more than others on an idiosyncratic basis, sort of like a Rorschach test. That seems like a pretty good definition of "complexity" to me.

8 years ago 0

Nozinan commented


Please don't think I was complaining about the size of the sample. It's plenty. I was lucky to try it and review it. Many thanks. Definitely sweet. I may not have emphasized it, but it was there. Not too sweet though. this is a pleasant whisky.

8 years ago 0

Benancio commented

@Nozinan. Nice review, sounds pretty right on. If I had only sampled a 10cc dram I might think it was sweet but not too sweet. I bought a bottle after reading Victory's review, guess I don't always agree with @Victor. I poured a nice 70 ml dram. By the end of the glass it was too sweet for me to pour another. I could probably pour 30 ml and enjoy it. I sampled another 30 ml at a later date and I found it to be a good whiskey and a great value. I'd give 82 points.

I did agree with Victor and many others that it makes a fantastic base whiskey to blend from. I mixed the remaining 650 ml with 100 ml Laphroaig Cask Strength. I liked it so much I'm on my second full bottle blend. I'd rate this blend 86 points. It's still sweet, really complex.

8 years ago 0

Benancio commented

I went back and read @Victory's review, I was wrong, I did agree with him. It could be my initial tasting was 30 ml and my second was 70 ml. I think it's a good scotch in small amounts, it's not something I could drink all night.

8 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Benancio, thanks for the revision. I very rarely drink the same whisk(e)y for multiple drinks. For me the fun is in the variety. Two, Three, Four or five (or 30, if @Nock is in town) small tastings is the equivalent of a whisky harem. And I do love both women and all manner of whisk(e)y.

8 years ago 0

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