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Cutty Sark

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Cutty Sark

Postby zedzedtop » Tue Sep 02, 2014 10:32 pm

Stumbles across an old bottle of Cutty Sark. Unopened and fill level still above the neck. I did some research and it is from 1970 +/- 3years. Today I bought the current incarnation, much begrudgingly, as a comparison. Will open with a mate in a couple of weeks. Actually I just opened the current release. Just light and super boring, as one might expect. It was about the cheapest blend at the store. Should be an interesting comparison. Wish Ralfy could be a part of the tasting....

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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby Smaug » Wed Sep 03, 2014 4:42 am

Really curious to read your final evaluation.
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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby just sayin' » Wed Sep 03, 2014 7:32 pm

Zed,

I bet the modern made Cutty Sark will not hold a candle to the old stuff. I hope you enjoy it.

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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby Azframer » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:15 pm

lwtcs wrote:Really curious to read your final evaluation.

Yea me too. Kind of wondering if they lost any qualities or might even gained any over the years. Members of quality control have come and gone over the years.
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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby olcarguy » Thu Sep 04, 2014 1:51 pm

From what I understood, no changes would tack place in sealed glass. Lets see if it is true.
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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby Azframer » Thu Sep 04, 2014 2:27 pm

olcarguy wrote:From what I understood, no changes would tack place in sealed glass. Lets see if it is true.

Just to state I was not talking about in the glass changes but in the company itself over the years. But I get what you are saying and heard the same, your comment made me want to expand on what I said above.
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Re: Cutty Sark

Postby zedzedtop » Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:47 am

The goal is generally consistency over the years, but there is some drift due to drift in the malts and casks available, plus the shift in the noses of the blenders. I'm sure they sneak in subtle cost saving measures too, which are amplified with time as well. Product in corked bottles does change a bit with time, as there is a bit of vapour that leaks out. I'm actually impressed with this one having lost so little volume.

@just sayin, I'll imagine you are right. The modern blend is so jolly light that it is only marginally perceivable as scotch whisky. Agree, Ralfy has a very good vlog and I haven't missed a one. He's great with history and nosing notes, etc., but not too up on the technique. That's fine though - I love the reviews for what they are.

Ralfy's comparison of old vs. new whiskies has indicated a shift away from character-driven presentations.

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