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The Prohibition – the so-called Noble Experiment – was repealed in 1933. This Cutty Sark was released exactly 80 years after that repeal, in 2013. Cutty Sark was one of the few whisky’s that you could actually enjoy – illicitly of course – in the so-called speak easy clubs. This Cutty Sark is bottled at a higher alcohol strengt hand matured completely on American oak.
On the nose I get bittersweet oranges, butterscotch and a truckload of heather honey. I cannot escape the feeling that I can still smell the mash. Barely any spices. After a few moments, but butterscotch turns to farmer’s butter and even mashed potatoes. I must say, I am not impressed.
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 prop up. The oranges turn very bitter and it has a sour edge that I cannot appreciate. In my opinion, it goes downhill pretty fast.
In the finish, which remains mildly spicy, another shot of citrus fruit and caramel manifests itself.
Pity, but this Prohibition is really not for me. Too rough. Around 30 EUR.