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Cutty Sark is one of the top 10 best-selling blended whiskies in the world and was launched in 1923 by London wine and spirits merchants Berry Bros & Rudd. It was created to be light in colour and body, contrary to many of the blends on the market at the time. Its key component malt is the Glenrothes.
The nose is incredibly light, with some sweet honey coming through, accompanied by a malty undertone. In addition there are some grassy notes. I have hardly ever had a less unspectacular nose.
The palate is smooth, light and fruity, with vanilla and caramel developing along the way. Again this is rather indistinct and after a while becomes almost watery.
The finish is very short, fruity and rather dry. Obviously this was created for easy drinking or to be used in cocktails. Not unsurprisingly it holds nothing in store for whisky enthusiasts.