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Review: Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Review by Brian
Review: Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky

Review: Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky

VIA (Our New Guy): Jason Debly

Nose (undiluted)
Malty, ale, apples and dandelion.  Not offensive in the least.  I’m surprised.

Palate (undiluted)
Certainly is sweet.  Malty.  Fruit cocktail in heavy syrup.  Honey Crisp apples.  Vanilla is lurking in the background.

Finish (undiluted)
The vanilla sweetness becoming more of a gently spiced malt.  Warming too.  You are also left with a teensy weensy puff of smoke.  The finish is very short (meaning the flavors do not linger very long) and so I suppose the serious whisky critic would take some points off for that attribute of this whisky.  I am willing to overlook that small deficiency in light of the cheap price for a bottle.

General Impressions
I am quite surprised by this blend.  I like it!  It is not the best of the economy blended scotch whisky category.  That title is reserved for Teacher’s Highland Cream.  That being said, Cutty Sark is a good, everyday sipper that meets the basic needs of decent scotch.  What are those basic requirements?  They are:  (1) no nasty bite;  (2) no taste of unadulterated rubbing alcohol; (3) not bitter, and (4) not grainy.

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