Overall rating
Berry Bros & Rudd (BR)
Bottling serie
Berrys' Best Islay
Stated Age
25 years old
45.7 % Vol.
700 ml
Blue label and blue head
Added on
05 Oct 2012 8:23 pm

Average value

€ 249.69

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43 × member ratings

78 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Cutty Sark 25-year-old

12 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 90.12 points

  1. Gloin scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    The smell is seductive, soft and pleasant, very stimulating, so that you have to pull yourself together not to drink immediately.
    The taste offers what the nose promises. All notes are harmoniously connected and form a magical whole that is larger than the sum of its parts.
    Age is most evident in the finish, which rounds off the overall picture wonderfully.
    A fantastic whiskey, very different from modern sherry monsters: balanced, dignified, elegant, almost perfect!
    • Nose
      Sweet cherries, wet wood, caramel, a little peach, sherry, custard, bread dough, a slightly sour note behind it.
    • Taste
      Soft start, oily body, sweet and slightly tart notes fight for the upper hand, sherry, wood without bitterness, a lot of malt, the tart notes prevail, dark caramel, creme brulee
    • Finish
      Warm, pleasantly spicy with light bitter notes now like a mild beer, still sherry and a lot of malt again, pleasantly light

  2. MGHOW scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    I prefer the smoky style of the simple Cutty Sark blend. This is too woody, resinous and cognacy for my tastes. Maybe it will mellow after opening but it is not really my thing. Tastes like one of those tacky Indian whiskies, all wood and heavy stewed fruit. Not a clean or refreshing experience. One for cognac fans.

    I would suggest that some of the whiskies in this bottle are for older than 25 years old, to my taste they are at the limit though.

    Edit: Much better after being open a day. The fruit and sherry open up and the wood and resin is slightly less dominant.

  3. Albaron scored this whisky 91 points Specialist

    The nose is ambivalent and changes a lot over time. Brilliant at first, this changes over time and the solvents are unpleasant. In the mouth it is very pleasant, you notice the age very balanced and matured, mild strong strong maturing notes come through. The fruitiness is more likely to be found in dried fruit, but generally not too sweet. A medium-long, very pleasant finish. Really tasty and the grain whiskey you have to really look for. Most likely to get through in the finish.
    • Nose
      Raisins, dry fruits, sherry notes, solvents, alcohol, toffee, a little leathery
    • Taste
      Raisins, malty, toffee, caramel, more dried fruit, black tea, a little barrel wort, strong forest honey, not too sweet, but rather spicy and aromatic
    • Finish
      Maltiness, black tea, barrel wort, a bit bitter tannins and the raisin keeps coming through

  4. dRambo scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    a bitter whiskey that is not bitter - fruity aromas flash and make it exciting - a little more body and sweetness would further enhance it for me - I suspect the grain content takes some power away
    • Nose
      91 91
      initially clearly crystalline old lemon, orange, removed dried dates leather, old dusty oak cabinet wall, dry brushwood, leaves, very clean mineral base note, some resin, subtle liquorice and a hint of old smoke, with more time and reserved sniffing a tasty fruity bell is formed in the snifter which is very fragile
    • Taste
      89 89
      clean and light - very elegant texture, with a noticeable tingle on the tongue - leather, spice, tobacco and subtle confused fruitiness - should not be enjoyed in too small sips - it was not made for nerds - apricot jam, polished wood, chocolate and roasted Nuts, rotten wood, delicate mushroom notes, gingerbread spice
    • Finish
      87 87
      the finish brings me nothing new - it just makes it to medium-long - depending on which flavors are more important, medium to long with tart and herbal notes

  5. gallfux did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Cutty Sark 25yo 45.7% WID: 36124 (Blue Cap)

    Somehow soft, yet voluminous. Cane sugar. Caramel. The sherry is there, but doesn't scream at you. Now also sweet in the mouth, but also slightly acidic. In addition, old and dusty books on a wooden bookshelf. Very subtle wood smoke. Wood seasoning and pleasant bitter notes.

    Cutty Sark 25yo 45.7% WID: 72638 (red cap)

    It is fresher and livelier than the one with the blue cap, but it certainly doesn't look youthful. The fruits are reminiscent of sour cherries, rhubarb compote and oranges. Slightly floral and mineral notes. The books are not that old here. The wood notes are rather juicy. In the mouth it is initially sweeter or less acid than in the nose. Over time, some of the acid begins to reappear. The oak notes are now darker and drier.

    Cutty Sark 25yo 45.7% WID: 75434 (Golden Cap)

    For me, a mixture of a blue and a red cap. Not quite as set as the blue, but also not as lively as the red. In addition something and spice and herbal notes. Maybe a little bit of wax. Plus nuts.

    Cutty Sark 25yo 46.5% WID: 53225 (Tam o'Shanter)

    Somehow it looks most "modern" in style. The sherry and the wood are less reserved and jump to you more directly. This is reminiscent of some modern whiskeys from the sherry barrel. The fruits of the sherry are dark, but not dried, but fresh. The wood is freshly felled, but the tree was no longer in the sap. In addition, aromatic oak notes that are reminiscent of smoke. I don't really have old bottle flavor here.

    All four were delicious. Unfortunately now too expensive. If I had to choose a winner, it would be the one with the blue cap.

  6. BehindSpace scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  7. LukasJakubDrabek did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Ralfy review 779: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNogQidW53w (92/100).

  8. rottendon scored this whisky 91 points Connoisseur

    Since I did not expect, that should now actually be a tasty, soft and simple Feierabenddram. Soft yes, tasty absolute, but it is not easy. Easy to drink, but it can be so much more ...
    • Nose
      At first, the nose is not particularly dense but pleasant, mainly with dark fruit notes, caramel, some sweat and light smoke. It takes time, but then rewards with a very complex, ever-changing nose, with the focus always remains the same. With increasing time and temperature, the aromas are also becoming denser. The range is already enormous, apples green, ripe apples, apples overripe, hints of citrus, marzipan, mint, on the other side then cowshed, sweat, ash, salt, etc ...
    • Taste
      Similar complex on the tongue, for just under 46% quite snappy, not unpleasant, the notes range here from sweet honey on (mainly candied) fruits and chocolate to herbs, coffee and anise. Does not work at all thin.
    • Finish
      The finish is a maximum of medium, focus is then on the tannins and some ashen notes of smoke.

  9. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Serge from Whiskyfun.com says:

    Cutty Sark 25 yo (45.7%, OB, blend, +/- 2010) I tried the 18 two years ago and found it nice but not thrilling, lacking complexity (ha, complexity!) I believe this one was bottled at natural cask strength. Colour: pale gold. Nose: well, this is certainly quite complex, starting honeyed, roasted and delicately smoky, with a ‘HP feeling’ (not saying there’s any HP in there!) Some nectar and pollen, ripe apricots, touches of dates and plums, faint flintiness, a little candle wax, even a little grass… Single malt aficionados may feel this goes in too many different directions at the same time but other drinkers may think it’s… right, complex. I don’t quite know what to think – yet. Mouth: good attack, smooth, roasted, malty (maltier than many malts), with some coffee and honey, nuts, orange marmalade and touches of wood. In the background, a faint dryness, a little dust. The middle is a little weaker, it’s not quite full bodied. Finish: short but very pleasant, a tad oakier, with quite some marmalade and cinnamon. Comments: I think it’s very, very good and anyone looking for a light but ‘wide’ dram will enjoy this baby, especially since it’s not ‘too’ expensive. Nice composition, probably one of the best blends around. SGP:431 - 84 points.

  10. lincolnimp scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    A really good whisky but too expensive in my view.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      92 92
    • Finish
      91 91


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