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This is the time of year when many of us purchase more single malt whisky than we normally would in order to celebrate Christmas and the New Year in style, and hopefully here at 'whisky-pages' we have given you plenty of ideas for fruitful experimentation during 2007. However, 'occasional' whiskies need not necessarily be malts, and for our final Whisky of the Month this year we have opted for a versatile, deluxe, aged blend in the shape of Cutty Sark 18 Year Old. In the New Year we will be putting the full Cutty Sark range through its paces and taking a look at the brand's fascinating heritage, but for now we are concentrating on the 18-year-old expression. This is our personal favourite, and less than half the price of the fine, top of the range, 25-year-old.
Cutty Sark, 18-Year Old (Scotland)
The nose is soft and elegant, with malt, medium Sherry and a hint of sweet wood smoke. With time, caramel and discreet liquorice notes emerge, while water produces the aroma of molasses and emphasises the smoke. The palate displays beautiful integration of malts and grains - sweet, fruity and Sherried, with chewy toffee. The finish is long and elegant, with lingering sweetness and buttery hints of spicy oak. Deliciously drinkable! A wise and illustrious blender once said A fine, old blend can be considered in the same way as a great single malt. This whisky is the perfect illustration of that comment. From specialist retailers. 43.0% ABV, 70cl, 44.95, specialist whisky merchants.

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