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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