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Cutty Sark Prohibition

50%: A Credible ABV

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@VictorReview by @Victor

4th Dec 2014


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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

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BlueNote commented

I like the sound of that one @Victor. Nice to see a blend with a decent ABV. We'll see if it ever shows up here in the whisky wasteland known as British Columbia, Canada.

9 years ago 0

Victor commented

@BlueNote, I hope that you do see Cutty Sark Prohibition in British Columbia. I also hope that they continue to produce it. This is one blend which I will be happy to purchase again.

9 years ago 0

Pierre_W commented

Thank you for this nice review, @Victor. I was never too much impressed with Cutty Sark's standard (NAS) blend, but this one sounds much more interesting. I wonder whether you have ever tried the 25yo. Cheers!

9 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Pierre_W, Cheers! I wish I could say that I have tasted some of the Cutty Sark 25 yo. Sadly, no, not yet.

9 years ago 0

Benancio commented

@Victor. Picked up Prohibition based on your review and a few others.

Neat it is everything in your review. I can also detect on the pallet, grain alcohol and a slight bitterness. Great burn to it that I really enjoy.

I added a 1/2 teaspoon of cold water and it improved. Less grain alcohol and bitterness with more scotch flavor. It smoothed out too, lost a little of the burn.

It's an 87 neat or with a little water, 2 slightly different blended scotches. I'm not really into blends but this is a Great value.

8 years ago 0

Victor commented

@Benancio, I am delighted to hear that you are enjoying your Cutty Sark Prohibition. Cheers!

8 years ago 0

maltmate302 commented

I bought this one on the strength of this review. I got it from Holland as it's not available in the UK at this time . Yet again you've steered me in the right direction on my whisky purchases. Thank you Victor ,this blend is everything you say it is and more.

8 years ago 0

Victor commented

@maltmate302, I am delighted that you have enjoyed the Cutty Sark Prohibition, and that my review appraisal of it has been helpful to you. Your comment leads me to pour myself a glass of Prohibition. One thing that is difficult with Prohibition is that you never quite know how much you have left in the bottle.

If all blended Scotch were sold at 50% ABV, blended Scotch would have a lot more fans in this Connosr crowd.

8 years ago 0

BigJoe commented

@Victor Thanks for yet another informative review. Don't see the Prohibition on the shelves here. We do have Cutty Black however I started a thread asking if anyone had tried it but got no response. May have to be the next one to try

8 years ago 0

Nozinan commented

Just tried it! I like it. I would definitely accept this if offered. Not sure I would buy a bottle but maybe I would...the more I sit with it the better it gets.

8 years ago 0

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