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Cutty Sark was originally developed by Berry Brothers & Rudd. It has been around since 1923. The name is that of a tea clipper that you see on the label – since 1955. The ship itself was built in 1869 and was the fastest in its day. In 1954 it was taken out of commission and can be visited today as a museum ship in Greenwich, near London. We try a recent bottling of this (dirt cheap) blend.
The nose is very sweet, but also quite grainy. Hint of ale, appels and dandelions. Vanilla and peach, but unfortunately also something that I can only describe as compost heap. Rotting fruit. Not exactly my kind of nose.
It is sharp on the palate, a bit rough. Again malty and grainy. Apples and vanilla. Fruit cocktail in its own juices. But the impression of stale beer is never far off.
The finish is mildly spicy and bittersweet, but short. In the back of the throat some smoke seems to develop, but it is gone before you realize it.
Not exactly an interesting blend. I guess this is more apt to mix with. Well, for 15 EUR a bottle, what did you expect?