Cutty Sark Tam O'Shanter 25 Year Old70cl / 46.5%
- Blended Scotch Whisky
A 25 year old blended whisky from the folks at Cutty Sark, released to celebrate Burns Night 2012. It's named for one of Burns's most famous poems, the fairly epic Tam O'Shanter, a tale of staying too late in the pub and the ghostly visions that Tam saw on the way home. The whisky comes in a hefty wooden box and both box and bottle are adorned with scenes of the horrors that Tam encountered. It comes with a beautiful book featuring the full text of the poem, some history and a selection of art inspired by the story.
Cutty Sark Tam O'Shanter 25 Year Old Reviews
Tasting Notes by Martine Nouet for Whisky Magazine
Deep, dark, concentrated. Obviously sherried. Cherries in marasquino. Dark chocolate. Walnuts and dates. Earthy.
Sweet at first then a sour grip dries the palate. Oak is obviously leading the dance but in a harmounius 'pas de deux' with spices. Candied ginger and nutmeg.
Long, dry, spicy.
Oaky, elegant, rich.
Tasting Notes by Dave Broom for Whisky Magazine
Rich and round with distinct coffee accents. Lots of ripe dark fruits, plum and raisin, a hint of soft leather/cobbler's workshop.
Thick and smooth with a very pure note in the centre and lift of lime. Black cherry and toffee. Rounded and chewy, with a cough of smoke.
Lighter than you expect. Very clean and spicy.
A bigger Cutty than you might expect but the purity of character links it to the family. Weel (sic) done!
Appearance: Dark coppery amber with burnished copper highlights.
Aroma: Rich, sherried rancio nose with overripe banana, soy sauce, nuts (grilled almonds, walnut-like oiliness), raisins, sandalwood and a faint whiff of tar.
Taste: Beguiling, sherried fruitcake with delicate peat smoke, tar, waxy orange zest and a pinch of spice.
Aftertaste: Madeira-like eucalyptus flavours emerge in the long, delicately spiced finish.
diffordsguide rating: 5+/5
Producer's Tasting NotesNose: Drifting incense, exotic spices, jasmine, anise and sandalwood dance and leap out of the glass. Muscular sherried sweetness, vanilla candle wax, rich fruitcake and honey sweetness cavort with aromatic spices and blood orange zest, soft peat smoke and hints of tar
Palate: Full-bodied, boisterous and sweet with a darkly sinister menace, rich velvet curtains surround dark chocolate, eucalyptus, cracked black pepper and drying mint with rich, full, sherry sweetness and toffee
Finish: Lingering, long, rich and sweet yet spicy
2 Customer Reviews
An oustanding whisky in my view that tells a story as one enjoys its scents and palate! It slowly mellows around first the nose and taste buds, heating up slowly the whole mouth with its lasting Gothic- Byzantine texture infused with its candid aromas! A regal pleasure of a drink and an outstanding tribute to Burns' memory! A jewel of whisky culture that one can only fully value when the mouth is lushly washed by its delicate blend of silky damask-like flavours! Its presentation oak box and book are a superb compliment that frame the bottle and its blended whisky into a work of art! I bought it as a present with no regrets for the price I paid! Well done for this masterpiece Cutty Sark!
Beautiful presentation - needs explanation to open section for book. As yet product not tried but am sure it will meet expectations. A great addition for a special Burns Night celebration.