Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

Overall rating
80.92/100
votes
203
Whiskybase ID
WB53387
Category
Blend
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Casktype
American oak cask
Strength
50.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5010504100309
Added on
28 mar 2014 2:24 pm by KaiF
ColoredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 25.72

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203 × member ratings

576 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

34 users have left 35 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.92 points.

  1. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    Delicious, strong, tasty, sympathetic, the 50% do it well, bring neat strength and do not burn. I like it a lot, for 25 € a clear buy recommendation.
    • Nose
      first creamy-caramel, toffee, then malt, spicy grain, biscuit, also goes towards farm, warm hay, stable, strong, robust, but the 50% bite a bit
    • Taste
      very full-bodied, chocolate, toffee ... there is also a slight impact of sugar beet syrup / plum jam, Storck giants ... first quite round and creamy, with a longer time in the mouth it becomes "dirty", more natural, peppery
    • Finish
      long, warm, chocolate biscuits to sugar beet syrup, pepper, a hint of licorice

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  3. KyotoLefty scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Appearance: Pale to medium gold. A bit darker than the regular.

    Nose: Fresh citrus, light smoke, honey, vanilla, caramel, peaches and cream, dried apricots. Touch of strawberry jam. Sea air.

    Palate: Salty, lightly smoky, lemon and orange, peaches and apricots in cream. Lots of honey and vanilla.

    Finish: Ginger spice, honey, vanilla, white pepper.

    With Water: More smoke, more spices, more interesting overall.

    Overall: I killed this bottle in no time. A lovely dram, so approachable, so delicious. No, not the most complex thing in the world, but a wonderful, fresh fruitiness abounds. Love it. The alcohol punch and the body really take it miles above the regular one.

  4. E_Jeon scored this whisky 70 points Expert Junior

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    • Nose
      71 71
    • Taste
      73 73
    • Finish
      67 67

  5. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  6. MarcinCh scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    The golden color. Fine oiliness.
    • Nose
      76 76
      There is a lot of malt. Caramel. A little grain. The nose feels quite greasy and thick. Toffee. A pinch of spices. White pepper. Vanilla.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Sweetness. Caramel. Vanilla. Spices. White pepper. Grain. A bit of a barrel. Even traces of milk chocolate. Slightly greasy. Toffee.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Slightly greasy. Toffee. Caramel. Dark chocolate. Slightly warming up. Spices. White pepper.

  7. glenrob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  8. WhiskyShaman scored this whisky 78 points Expert Senior

    Blends are back Babyyyyy

    Ralfy said so, so it must be true.

    Seriously though, I am definitely one of the malt-heads guilty of sleeping on the many blended bottles out there.

    To be fair, I had a pretty good reason to. Up until I was about 20 in the late 90s, the only whisky available to me was Bells, Grouse, Teachers and Jack Daniels. They were all terrible and responsible for me thinking I didn’t like whisky.

    [Note - skip down to the Tl;dr to avoid the waffle]

    Like many of us, my interest didn't come alive until I was introduced to single malts.

    My journey back to blends was most likely thanks to “Japanese” whisky and in particular Nikka Whisky From The Barrel, which for years maintained its position as my favourite blend out.

    From there, I started getting interested in making my own using my collection of malts, with predictably mixed results until I figured out some ground rules.

    I remember Cutty Sark as one of the first whiskies I ever tried: That yellow label inexorably linked with the memory of a burning tongue and a debilitating coughing fit. I hated it and I’ve never revisited the brand.

    But now it’s 2022 and I’ve had more than a few stand out blends from the likes of Douglas Laing, Compass Box, TBWC, Single Cask Nation plus a raft of others and my once staunchly held prejudice is a remnant of an embarrassing past.

    And I’m not the only one who has come around.

    This iteration of Cutty Sark is seemingly angled towards the more experienced enthusiast, with 50% ABV and a proud declaration of Non Chill Filtration.

    There's a huge amount of what Ralfy would call “flanel” surrounding the Cutty Sark brand and famed smuggler of booze, Captain William McCoy, but for me the most interesting thing about this whisky (apart from how much I like it) is it’s more recent history since prohibition was abolished.

    Since the 1930s Robertson & Baxter - an early iteration of Edrington - have been supplying the whisky for Cutty Sark, even though the brand was owned by Berry Bros. & Rudd up until 2010, at which point Edrignton finally (but temporarily) snaffled it off them.

    Edrington then refreshed the lineup, introducing Cutty Sark Storm in 2012 and this bottle, the Cutty Sark Prohibition in 2013, before selling the brand on to Glen Moray owners La Martiniquaise-Bardinet in 2018

    There was an agreement that Edrington would still be the ones blending and bottling during the transition period, but no idea how long that period actually is/was.

    No solid info on what's in this or the standard bottling, but otherpeople’s blog posts have said that the malt and grain blends are different in each. While still owned by Edrington, I found a post that confidently states the Prohibition is a mix of Glenrothes, Highland Park, The Macallan, Tamdhu, Bunnahabhain and Glengoyne, but I’m treating the claim with a healthy dose of scepticism as even if they were right, it could well have changed by now with the new ownership.

    Having said that, I recently had an outstanding Edrington Blend and this is not a million miles away…

    The last bit of trivia is that some of the component liquid is rumoured to be aged in American Sherry Barrels which apparently means Ex-Bourbon Casks that have been “seasoned” with Sherry. I’m not exactly sure what this means, but I’m guessing that sherry was pressure-forced into the first couple layers of the wood Paxarette-style, before the new make was housed in it.

    With that all now out of the way - How was the whisky?

    IMO, pretty damn good.

    Factoring in the price I paid: £23.83, it's god-damn amazing.

    The nose is all dark brown molasses with salty, caramelly nuts, dried fruit, spiked dairy and sweet, malted grains that (as pointed out in nearly every review- and I agree) leans more towards the malt than the grain.

    A good, strong opening for sure and one that accurately reflects what’s to come, at that.

    The palate continued on the dark and malty path, with toasted sugars and fresh brown bread tasking the first shift before exuberant cracked black pepper stepped up and ushered in more dark, but now bitter tones of rich, plain chocolate.
    At this point, the peppery tickles of the ethanol started to pick up a camphor coolness and the wood-driven nutmeg and cinnamon paved the way for the tail to bring back the maltiness and dried figs, just as more rich, bitter-sweet coffee took over the finish and left humming chilies as remnants of the journey.

    Tl;dr

    Not too young, too grainy, or too hot.

    I’m kind of waiting for the catch…
    • Nose
      Peat! Dark, salted caramel, molasses, candied nuts, dusty dried figs, brandy cream, sweet grains, flat discount cola
    • Taste
      Burnt brown sugar, Malted and toasted bread, black pepper, grated cocoa, Ticklish ABV that fades into mildly astringent and menthol oak spices
    • Finish
      Dried fruit, malt, coffee and birdseye chillies.

  9. claymore84 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Blind tasted on 03-23-2022.

  10. Hsh scored this whisky 75 points Expert Junior

    Cutty Shock Prohibition 3.7
    Pringles onion flavor seasoning, alcohol fishy scent, vanilla, peat
    I have a coffee note and it's fine

  11. korry78 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    In addition to being my favorite daily dram of recent years I think it's one of the best whiskies (not only among blended malts but also among single malts) in terms of value for money (at € 20-25 these days I think it's very difficult to find a better whisky than this...). Excellent both in the nose and in the mouth (lots of vanilla) it also has an excellent texture. Dangerously drinkable despite the high alcohol content. The ending is not long but I forgive it without problems. I've stocked up some.

  12. ffmdino did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    find the blend thin, flat, a bit strange

    Compared to the Cutty Storm, the Prohibition does worse, and even the 50% don't bring anything
    • Nose
      malty, sweet, grassy, light fruit, mini sherry, mini smoke, light cherry

      with water: sherry, a little mint, fresh
    • Taste
      full, sticky
      dark malt, becomes spicy

      with water: softer, shortbread, vanilla
    • Finish
      short to medium long
      light malt

      with water: grassy !!, sweet

  13. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 75 points Expert Senior

    smooth, fruity, woody, caramel

  14. Collegiate scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Solid blend for the price. 50% and NCF are nice boozy features, but you won’t forget that it is a young, sharp blend when you drink it. But I’d still take it over some basic 40% single malts that cost almost double.

  15. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Sweet, intense, spicy blend, with a surprising salty note and noticeable smoke, without being a smoker. I like it surprisingly well.

  16. Candy62 scored this whisky 86 points Member Senior

    What a fantastic surprise. This dram has nothing to do with the ordinary Cutty Sark. Pale in color, full of great flavors and a soft peppery finish. 50 ABV is the perfect choice here.

  17. Rosebank88 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
      Sweet, chocolaty, gentle sherry and lots of Ovaltine. Looks dense and focused. Gradually a fine saltiness, oak, moist malt follow.
      With water: Twix bars, soft sherry, oak, milk coffee and fruity reflections.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Really very sweet, chocolaty, sherry-tinged and malty. Bitter cocoa, a little pepper and oak create a pleasant counterbalance.
      With water: even more chocolaty but also spicier. Oak, allspice, salt and hard caramel.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Full, long and very much like Twix bars and dried apricot

  18. damienk scored this whisky 80 points Member Junior

    on the nose, it's very good. Feels like an old spirit, I doubt if there are some very old spirit was used in this blend.

    the palate is quite young.

    finish isn't long.

    But I like the scent. For this price, the scent is sublime.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      77 77
    • Finish
      77 77

  19. Beaty-Tang scored this whisky 70 points Member Senior

    No, it's more like mixing cocktails. I'll try to describe it as "flowery": The whiskey tastes like fresh new make that has been bubbled through a fresh ex-bourbon barrel once it was pressurized. Dominant youth, weirdly overlying vanilla and sweetness. The only plus point is that the 50% vol are barely noticeable. But that was it. "Not for me, thank you".

  20. jmallios scored this whisky 79 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  21. Dreamdramer scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      76 76
    • Finish
      75 75

  22. Andytka3 scored this whisky 77 points Connoisseur

    1432) Cutty Sark, Prohibition Edition

    Day 41 of Lockdown - 27th April - Happy Birthday, my girl.

    N- Been wanting to try this, not a lot of blended are bottled at this strength. Obvious musky wood with sour tinge, then toffee kissing the earth, buttery and mineral-y, rather stiff initially with puffy leather filling up the sphere gradually, like in the 'genuine leather' shops. Sugar crisps and cooked barley developed well. (86/20)

    P- Pours of sourish dates juice, coffee extract, herb-y and orange peels. Darkly sweet and masculine spiciness that may be a wee hard to please. Quite a lot of sherry comes thru. (84/18)

    F- Medium long, spicy green tobacco, prickly mouthfeel and spiky. Heavy dollops of oak smokes leaving traces of woody herbaceous, tad oily. (85/19)

    B/B- 86/20 Credit to the body and balanced. But Wood+Oily+Herbaceous just not my thing.

    Weighted Rate- 77pt
    — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.
    • Nose
      N- Been wanting to try this, not a lot of blended are bottled at this strength. Obvious musky wood with sour tinge, then toffee kissing the earth, buttery and mineral-y, rather stiff initially with puffy leather filling up the sphere gradually, like in the 'genuine leather' shops. Sugar crisps and cooked barley developed well. (86/20)
    • Taste
      P- Pours of sourish dates juice, coffee extract, herb-y and orange peels. Darkly sweet and masculine spiciness that may be a wee hard to please. Quite a lot of sherry comes thru. (84/18)
    • Finish
      F- Medium long, spicy green tobacco, prickly mouthfeel and spiky. Heavy dollops of oak smokes leaving traces of woody herbaceous, tad oily. (85/19)

      B/B- 86/20 Credit to the body and balanced. But Wood+Oily+Herbaceous just not my thing.

      Weighted Rate- 77pt
      — at The Whisky Bar, Kuala Lumpur.

  23. g00se scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Bottle is now empty. Confirm my 85 pts.
    Especially with a few drops of water, it becomes nice and round and easy to drink. Sure, you can't always discover something new here, but what he should do: D
    Black pepper on toffee? Yes indeed.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84

  24. keba9591 scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    almost no aroma, but the taste is excellent thanks to 50%, the finish is fast and weakly perceptible
    • Nose
      72 72
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      74 74

  25. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  26. JimJaws scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    Nice entry-level whiskey. Very nice floral, fruity nose. PLV is excellent.

  27. Ulphlarsen scored this whisky 77 points Member Junior

    Reasonable price for a good whiskey. Suitable for drinking glass after glass. The alcohol makes it an experience.

    Pale color - even with dyeing. The bottle is lovely. I understand it's classic for "Prohibition" time - - -
    • Nose
      75 75
      Strong, strong, probably from the alcohol. Dried fruit. Fresh wheat and a little malt. No smoke. No peat.

      Very nice to sniff, even though it's probably a bit uncomplicated.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Kick!

      A lot happens initially. Malt and pepper. Well balanced. There is also fruit - again dried fruit. Vanilla. Oak tree. The alcohol does a great deal to raise the impression. Raises the saliva into the oral cavity. Burns a little, but the alcohol is well integrated.

      Delicious. An experience.
    • Finish
      70 70
      Ends as fast as it starts. Not long enough aftertaste. The pepper and the alcohol are hanging a little - but quickly disappear into the ether ...

      ... gives a reason for another sip.

  28. dRambo scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    really not bad for the price :)
    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  29. psiiik scored this whisky 78 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  30. Bewcastle scored this whisky 66 points Expert Junior

    A strong blended whisky. At the end a bit short. Warm and pepper stays.
    • Nose
      Fruity, sweet, sherry
    • Taste
      warm, sharp
    • Finish
      Burning, short, a bit pepper. At the end dry.

  31. Totoro scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    This *REALLY* surprised me. Heavy, substantial, warming, but most of all, despite the strength, eminently drinkable, not at all boozy or "alcoholic", and well-matured.

    Caramel, vanilla, sweet almond paste, charred casks, some sherry influence (?). A nice kick mid-palate with cracked black pepper that extends into the finish, before getting drowned out by the sweetness again.

    I wager this has a pretty high malt whisky content; the Glenrothes components for one are hard to miss.

    Even in the finish, there's no distinct grainy or bitter note. Amazing value for money!

  32. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Toffee and caramel background, it's the carambar party! With water, it's very fast. On the palate, intense on caramel and chocolate but hyper aqueous structure! A little more spicy pep with water. There are flaws but also a nice intensity and it's the best (less bad?) Cutty Sark I tasted then, I like to see the glass half full!

    Enthusiasm 3/5

  33. Fortuna1895 did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A 50% blend ... is truly not a standard. But this gives him some reserves and he has impressively proved that he can also be seen with water.
    • Nose
      A soft but spicy nose. Balanced malting tones, a small piece of soft succulent peat. By the 50% vol. Alcohol should not stick your nose too deep in the glass, otherwise it will be slightly pungent. Over time, a sweet hint of soft caramel appears, accompanied by light barley notes. Water tickles more offensive malt tones; A minimal peatiness forms the base of small speckles of exotic fruits.
    • Taste
      Soft & pleasant. A very small Rauchfähnchen, fruity sweetness & a light creaminess. Quite a wink Islay away. Water flushes Islay & Smoke away and makes way for a creamy-creamy foundation, on which a small chillinote, a good basket of tropical soft fruits, a piece of milk chocolate and a handful of sweet malt frolic the whole thing garnished with a few drops of lemon juice.
    • Finish
      It mixes small citrus notes with a restrained creamy sweetness. By adding water properly pepper & chilli. In addition, a formally sweeping sweetness and with time gradually shimmering through oak tones.

  34. markjedi1 scored this whisky 74 points Connoisseur

    Speak Easy
    The Prohibition – the so-called Noble Experiment – was repealed in 1933. This Cutty Sark was released exactly 80 years after that repeal, in 2013. Cutty Sark was one of the few whisky’s that you could actually enjoy – illicitly of course – in the so-called speak easy clubs. This Cutty Sark is bottled at a higher alcohol strength hand matured completely on American oak.
    On the nose I get bittersweet oranges, butterscotch and a truckload of heather honey. I cannot escape the feeling that I can still smell the mash. Barely any spices. After a few moments, but butterscotch turns to farmer’s butter and even mashed potatoes. I must say, I am not impressed.
    The body is fine, the mouth feel is round and almost creamy. It starts of sweet, but immediately a rough and peppery note and a lot of liquorice prop up. The oranges turn very bitter and it has a sour edge that I cannot appreciate. In my opinion, it goes downhill pretty fast.
    In the finish, which remains mildly spicy, another shot of citrus fruit and caramel manifests itself.
    Pity, but this Prohibition is really not for me. Too rough. Around 30 EUR.

  35. Jon Osterman scored this whisky 82 points Member Junior

    I found this to be quite tasty, with something that reminds me of meaty Sherry cask dominating the nose along with sweet toffee and some industrial notes.  Very flavorful for the price asked, and the grain whisky component seems to hide in the background.  Kind of reminds me of the time I mixed original Cutty Sark with a bit of A'Bunadh, only with meatier distillates (I want to believe this has some Macallan and Highland Park in it...).  I love the price (about $30), the presentation (50% abv, not chill-filtered), and the fact that the label describes the whisky as "challenging"...  It gives me the impression that they believe in this product.  Good value for money.  *The back of the bottle mentions only the use of American oak, so this fooled me...

  36. HunterRomario scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    I brought a sample from the Whiskey Festival 2014, after a good experience with the basic performance of Cutty Sark. And this was even better. The blend is excellent, but the price is even higher, topcoat about 700, -Kč. Which is a little bit more than I wish, but it is also a good tip for my purchase.
    • Nose
      Malt, nuts, citrus, wood and maple syrup. Lightly sweet and oily. (83 b)
    • Taste
      He is known to have 50%. Robust, oily, a bit of peat, then sweetly spicy again. The taste is quite changeable, hard to describe, but I know for sure it tastes good. There is also honey and perhaps the hint of sherry. (84 b)

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