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History

An old-fashioned lunch in the parlour of No.3 St James’s Street in London on 23rd March 1923 changed the course of Scotch whisky history forever. In attendance were Francis Berry and Hugh Rudd, partners of the world’s most prestigious wine and spirits merchants, Berry Bros. & Rudd, together with Scottish artist James McBey. The conversation turned, inevitably, to whisky. The USA was in the grips of Prohibition – but there were signs that this would not last forever; the partners saw an opportunity to create a new type of blended Scotch specifically for an international market. It was suggested that this whisky would be different from those already available by being lighter in style, blended only from the very finest whiskies. The new blend was to be bottled at its naturally pale colour to avoid the danger of caramel colouring masking its more subtle flavours. Other blenders continued to market heavier, darker blends giving the new Berry Bros. & Rudd blend a real point of difference in an already competitive market. All that was missing was a name; the world’s fastest ship – a tea clipper called Cutty Sark – was much in the news at the time. James McBey, a renowned Scottish artist, suggested that this would be an admirable name for the new whisky. He then drew a simple label design on a napkin.


Description

If a single malt is like a virtuoso musician, then a blended whisky is the full orchestra. A top quality blended whisky has greater range, depth, complexity and balance than a malt. More than 30 carefully selected single malt whiskies, predominantly from Speyside (the heart of single malt whisky distillation), are expertly blended with top quality grain whiskies to make Cutty Sark. It is matured predominantly in sherry-seasoned American oak casks which impart less colour to the spirit but imbue further subtle and complex flavours. Once matured, the malts are blended together, as are the grain whiskies, before they are married together in casks for a period of up to six months. The marrying process is a particular feature of Cutty Sark and ensures the final blend is harmonised and, therefore, consistent in colour and flavour.


Tasting notes
  • Colour: Pale gold.
  • Nose: Grassy, fresh and fragrant.
  • Palate: Vanilla and oak character from American oak casks.
  • Finish: Fruity, clean and dry.

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