GSN Review: Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

152885The original Cutty Sark is a British Clipper ship built in 1869.  Amazingly enough, despite a century and a half of English wars and a recent damaging fire, the ship is still in existence.  A popular tourist attraction, it can be visited in London, England where it is dry docked.  The ship was built in Scotland quite near the distillery where it’s namesake whisky has been produced since 1923.  The word “cutty sark” is Scots and is a type of short skirt worn by Nannie Dee, a fictional witch created by Robert Burns in his famous 1791 poem, “Tam o’ Shanter”.  The ship and the whisky obviously share a lot of history.

This latest entry into the Edrington Groups’ Speyside portfolio, seeks to capture some of the mystique of prohibition era alcohol, as well as exhibit a more robust character.  I think they’ve done quite well.

Cutty Sark Prohibition (100 proof)
Visual: Light gold.
Nose: Light honey sweetness, with a subtle floral scent.
Taste: Initially, quite delicate, sweet and ever so slightly smokey.  The higher proof brings out more body and vanilla oakiness upon the second sip.
Finish: Fairly long with lingering notes of caramel, dark honey, sea salt, oakwood, and some fresh peppercorn.
Overall: A solid blended scotch that has more character than many on the market.  I appreciated the higher proof which brought out a lot of “chewiness” and heft.
GSN Rating: A-

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GSN: Backbar Review – December 15-19, 2013

imagesCutty Sark has released a new blended Scotch whisky that pays tribute to the brand’s early days during Prohibition. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition, or Cutty Pro, is rolling out now to select markets and will expand to national availability throughout 2014. Retailing at $30 a bottle, the new entry is packaged in an opaque black bottle with a cork seal—touches intended to evoke the Prohibition era. According to brand owner Edrington Group, Cutty Pro salutes the notorious Captain William McCoy, who gained a reputation during the Prohibition era for smuggling uncut and unadulterated Cutty Sark whisky into speakeasies, earning the nickname “The Real McCoy.”

indexBeam Inc. is extending its flagship Jim Beam Bourbon with a single barrel edition. Rolling out in early 2014, Jim Beam Single Barrel Bourbon is the Jim Beam franchise’s first single barrel product. It will retail for around $35 a 750-ml.—around twice the price of the core brand, but about $5 less than Beam’s Signature Craft 12 Year Old, released earlier this year.

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indexStanfordville, New York-based Millbrook Distillery has made its debut with the launch of its first craft spirit entry, Millbrook Private Reserve 2013 Straight Bourbon whiskey. Made with corn, rye and barley, the new offering is currently available at retail in New York, and is set to roll out into surrounding markets in the first half of 2014. Next month, Millbrook Private Reserve will be followed by a Barrel Strength Straight Bourbon, as well as a Camp Fire Rye label in early 2015. Specializing in small-batch spirits made with natural spring water, Millbrook Distilling also has a wheat whisky, single-malt whiskey and four-grain Bourbon whiskey in the pipeline.

indexIn anticipation of upcoming New Year’s Eve celebrations, Grey Goose Vodka is releasing a limited-edition “Night Vision” bottle for top nightclubs in major U.S. cities. Grey Goose Night Vision’s bottle is coated in blue lacquer with a goose in frosted glass that is illuminated by LED lights hidden in the base. Select nightclubs in New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Chicago and Atlanta will feature the limited edition for VIP bottle-service as guests ring in the new year.

All information courtesy of Shanken News Daily