This global giant of a blended scotch whisky can be traced back to London when the partners of wine & spirits company Berry Bros & Rudd were no doubt enjoying a tipple with a Scottish artist called James McBey. Berry Bros & Rudd had been exporting small amounts of whisky however their main trade was wine and they believed the heavy dark whiskies would spoil the palate of their wine drinking customers. They understood that Prohibition in the USA was not working and that soon it would be a viable market place again. They decided to create a lighter blended whisky using finer ingredients for the export market and as the world’s fastest ship at the time were called Cutty Sark (conveniently built in Scotland) and that was name which they would use. The term Cutty Sark comes from the poem Tam O’Shanter by Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns where a young witch is dressed in a ‘Cutty Sark’ which is a short skirt.
They then sketched out a design on a hotel napkin and called it ‘Scots’ whisky rather than the Americanised ‘Scotch’ whisky.
As the 1st very light coloured blended scotch whisky it immediately became popular as an aperitif and was smuggled into America by a Captain Bill McCoy which gave rise to the well-known English expression meaning authentic ‘The Real McCoy’ (see every day really is a school day). Due to the taste in the USA for lighter whisky Cutty Sark became the best-selling whisky in the US until 1961 and remains at the top table of global sales.
Most single malt and single grain whisky used for Cutty Sark comes from Speyside and most are matured in American oak casks. Finally the grain and malt whiskies are married together for 6 months until the unstoppable Cutty Sark is created.
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