Cutty Sark blended whisky is a brainchild of Hugh Rudd, business partner of the Berry brothers, renowned London wine merchants.
It was 1923 and Rudd saw huge opportunity in supplying whisky to the States during prohibition, especially light blend, which would appeal to consumers struggling with flood of illicit spirit mostly of terrible quality. The label was designed and personally drawn by the Scottish artist James McBey and featured the fastest Scottish-built clipper, Cutty Sark. Upon the repeal Cutty Sark was well-established brand; in 1961 it was the first Scotch whisky to sell over one million cases. In November 2018 the Edrington Group sold the brand to the French drink company La Martiniquaise-Bardinet.
Nose: light and mildly fruity, breakfast cereals, green apples, hints of vanilla and icing sugar and touch of oak shavings.
Palate: light, grainy with delicate fruitiness, vanilla, buttered toast, breakfast cereals, white pepper, hints of oak and hay.
Finish: not too long, with notes of lemon grass, pepper, hints of vanilla and oaky and herbal bitterness.