Color: Yellow gold, white wine color with immediate but slow, thick and oily legs.
Nose: Lemon curd, butter and wood shavings. Fresh ginger, jonquils and dry garden soil. A little mute but a pretty satisfying nose.
Palate: Less exciting than the nose to be honest: Lemon zest, hint of new make and dried pineapple rings. Giving it a few minutes and allowing it to air helps though. Vanilla, ground coriander and potpourri (dried flowers). Some grassiness: Lemongrass, fennel stalks and fresh tarragon. Quite young on the palate...
Finish: Longer than I expected... Medium with ground ginger, lemon powder and a little bit of white pepper.
Overall: I am pretty sure that I didn't taste a Cutty Sark after the brand got acquired by La Martiniquaise and feel free to call it "power of suggestion" of course but this whisky noses and tastes like it naturally belongs to the Cutty Sark recipe. The lemony and grassy core of this malt is an effortless match for the Cutty Sark blend for my two cents... Anyway, the whisky itself it is one of the best price-to-value ratios single malts in the market if not the best. The price of this bottle is virtually unbeatable... A perfect pub malt to accompany your pint of beer. Let's see how cask finishing will add to this young spirit. Many thanks to Koray Kaan Ozdemir a.k.a. Whisky Monster who is the US Portfolio Ambassador for 375 Park Avenue Spirits for providing the samples.