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From the label: "Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition has been crafted as a salute to the notorious Captain William S. McCoy, who smuggled Cutty Sark blended Scotch whisky into America during the Prohibition era of the 1920s. His impeccable reputation for only dealing in the finest, genuine, and unadulterated liquor- gave rise to Cutty Sark being referred to as 'The Real McCoy'."
Well, Also Sprach Edrington.
The bottle is charmingly dark, obscure, and bootleg-able-looking. The reviewed bottle has been open for 3 days. I'm not adding water here
Nose: medium-strong intensity, some acrid high-pitched smoke, black licorice from peat, noticeable brine, light grape-wine fruitiness, citrus, vanilla, and wheat grain. There is good balance, leaning toward the dry side. Nice
Taste: very full in the mouth, with stronger flavours than in the nose. Strong sweetness arrives early, then dries quickly mid-palate. The flavours are quite robust here. I like it
Finish: continues drying and settles on some nice smoke and brine, a touch of sweet wine in the background, and a hint of emerging sourness
Balance: there is a lot of complexity here...lots of different highly entertaining flavours. The balance among them is good but not great, yet the aggressiveness and intensity of some of the flavours battling one another is a lot of the fun with Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition. As inexpensive blended Scotch whisky goes, this is a very good one. If I had my way most blended Scotch would be bottled at 50+% abv