The Cutty Sark is the most famous tea clipper built, and is
the only one to survive. She is now in dry dock at Greenwich. Cutty Sark was
built for John Willis to be the fastest clipper on the China tea route. Her
design was taken from one of his other ships "The Tweed", with special
modifications to make her handle better and sail faster.
She was launched at Dumbarton on the River Clyde, Scotland, in 1869. The name
comes from Robert Burns' poem, Tam O'Shanter; Tam meets a group of witches, most
of whom are ugly, but for Nannie, who is young and beautiful and is described as
wearing only a "cutty sark", i.e., a short chemise or shirt. The ship's
figurehead is a representation of this witch.
The Cutty Sark's sleek lines and enormous area of sail made her the fastest ship
in the race via the Cape of Good Hope for the then particularly money-spinning
tea trade with China. Unluckily for her owners, the Suez Canal was opened in the
same year as her launch, which is not navigable by sailing ships. Her last cargo
of tea was carried in 1877.
Sark: It is a Scottish artist friend of the owners, who named the Cutty Sark
brand and designed the distinctive label over lunch in the parlour at the back
of the shop, to Captain James McCoy an American bootlegger who supplied Cutty
Sark Whisky during the days of prohibition.
Ethereal to light-bodied. Pleasant, if one dimensional on the tongue, showing mild, grain mash, manufactured, sweet flavor notes of light toffee and cane sugar.
Pour yourself a real drink. Made from a
blend of over 20 of the finest Single Malt Whiskies, Cutty Sark is enjoyed
around the world for its smooth and clean taste. Cutty Sark was created with only the best whiskies available, such were the wishes of Francis Berry, a senior partner who also insisted the whisky’s hue be of a light persuasion.
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Cutty Sark Prohibition
Cutty Sark Prohibition is named after the fuller-proof style of Cutty that was hugely popular for smugglers and drinkers alike during Prohibition. Cutty Sark Prohibition is an easy-drinking whisky. From the get-go back in the ‘20s, the masterminds behind Cutty Sark always intended their whisky to be lighter on the palate, and this Prohibition Edition follows suit. Amber
Color. Honey, malt, vanilla, a little youthful grain, but not much. Almond biscotti and a touch of fruit.
Vanilla, honey, tropical fruit, a bit of that youthful grain, but still not a heavy amount. Some orchard fruit, toffee and a hint of wood. There is a hint of an underlying, and complimentary, sweetness.
Long finish. Caramel, vanilla, orchard fruit and a bit of wood.
Good balance. Medium body. Relatively smooth.
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