Cutty Sark 12 Year Old ★

Spirit Name:
Cutty Sark 12 Year Old
Buy score:

Near perfect 
Best served:
This blended whisky has it all – spice, salt, moss, grass, hay, preserved fruit, candy, glazed fruit, mild toffee and malt, vanilla, oily barley, grain, lemon and hints of wood. A masterpiece of blending, the flavours in the Cutty Sark 12 year old meld together until the finish, when a maritime themed saltiness emerges – spectacularly appropriate to honour the ship after which this blend is named, the Cutty Sark.   
Tasting notes:
Nose: The aroma of glazed cherries and red confectionery emerges with moss and drying grass as steaming hot coals release course ashes and some seaweed. There is a mild malt theme about this whisky with a luscious, oily, barley and soft grain. Herbal notes soon develop with anise seed and spicy peppermint , soothed by dry vanilla fudge and the smell of a goey Mars bar. 
Taste: There is a burst of spicy malt on the palate with oily barley, cherry marmalade with orange rind and hints of lemon and toffee infused vanilla. The flavours are very well integrated, and underlying them is a buttery herbaceous theme, with that distinct mossy/grassy tone but with more earthiness than on the nose and hints of freshly dried Italian oregano.  
Finish: Spectacular, a wave a saltiness emerges on the palate with a mossy, almost seaweed, note balancing against the sweetness that continues to sooth the lingering wave of pepper. 
This is very smooth, complex and interesting whisky.

One thought on “Cutty Sark 12 Year Old ★

  1. Clearly this hit the spot for you. I like this whisky and it is one of my daily tipples along with CS Storm. Sometimes i prefer the 12, sometimes the Storm. For me both are just a touch ahead of the CS Prohibition. If you can, try the regular CS 25, for me it is even better than the Tam O’ Shanter…

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