Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition (50.0%): Whenever I talk about my ongoing never ending Blend Project someone always mentions Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition to me. Because I am not a fan of the regular Cutty Sark and also remembering vaguely not liking Prohibition Edition fist time I tasted maybe five or six year ago in a whisky show I always stayed away from it. But last week when I found it on a shelf at half price I decided to give another shot... The whisky is glorifying someone named Captain S. McCoy who was smuggling blended whisky into US during Prohibition era in 1920s. They even call this guy "notorious" on the back label... I guess I will never understand why whisky industry is so much in love with outlaws, murderers and smugglers. It's beyond me...
Color: Light amber with very thin legs around the glass.
Nose: Very close to regular Cutty but thicker and more upfront. Glossy magazines from 1970s, lemon scented floor cleaner, butane lighter and charcoal. Not so pleasant I have to say...
Palate: Lemon juice, lime and red apple slices. Charcoal and gasoline... Peaty whisky used in the blend is so young the peat notes evolves like a gas burner left on. Some pine nuts, rosemary leaves, cracked black peppercorns and ash.
Finish: Medium long mostly with young grain whisky burn at the side of the tongue and black pepper.
Overall: I hate to say but it is exactly how I remembered. A slightly peaty version of Cutty Sark with more caramel coloring and bottled at a higher abv. I really wanted it to be a better whisky but didn't work out for me... Even at its price range. It is a strange thing to say but I would take the regular Cutty Sark over this. It is cheaper, doesn't pretend to be a better brand and you definitely get what you pay for...