Cutty Sark is a brand of blended Scotch whisky produced by La Martiniquaise in Scotland.

Cutty Sark
A bottle of Cutty Sark
TypeScotch Whisky
ManufacturerLa Martiniquaise
Country of origin Scotland
Introduced23 March 1923
Alcohol by volume 40%
WebsiteCutty Sark
Teacher's Highland Cream and Cutty Sark at Charlie's Tavern, New York, N.Y., between 1946 and 1948.

The whisky was created on 23 March 1923 as a product of Berry Bros. & Rudd, with the first home of the blend considered to be at The Glenrothes distillery in the Speyside region of Scotland. The name comes from the River Clyde-built clipper ship Cutty Sark, whose name came from the Scots term "cutty-sark", the short shirt [skirt] prominently mentioned in the famous poem by Robert Burns, "Tam o' Shanter". The drawing of the clipper ship Cutty Sark on the label of the whisky bottles is a work of the Swedish artist Carl Georg August Wallin. He was a mariner painter, and this is probably his most famous ship painting. This drawing has been on the whisky bottles since 1955. The Tall Ships' Races for large sailing ships were originally known as The Cutty Sark Tall Ships' Races, under the terms of sponsorship by the whisky brand.

US distribution edit

Cutty Sark was originally distributed in the United States by Buckingham Co.,[1] which was acquired by Allied Lyons (later Allied Domecq) in 1989.[2] Skyy Spirits bought the distribution rights from Allied Domeq in 1999.[3] After Edrington acquired the brand, it switched US distribution from Skyy to Rémy Cointreau US.[4] Edrington launched its own distribution unit in the US in 2014.[5][6]

Bottlings edit

The most popular member of the range, Cutty Sark Original Scots Whisky, is sold in a distinctive green bottle with a yellow label. The range also includes other blends, and premium blends, currently identified by the age of the youngest whisky in the blending.

Reviews edit

Cutty Sark has received modest reviews from international spirit ratings organisations. In 2008, 2009, and 2011 for example, the San Francisco World Spirits Competition awarded the Cutty Sark blended scotch bronze and silver medals. The Beverage Testing Institute gave Cutty Sark modest scores of 85 and 87 in 2008 and 2011, respectively.[7]

Notes edit

  1. ^ "Buckingham Corp. – Lehman Brothers Collection". Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  2. ^ Ap (23 December 1989). "Allied-Lyons Is Buying Whitbread Liquor Unit". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 21 July 2018.
  3. ^ Hein, Kenneth (12 March 2001). "Cutty Serves 20-Something Men Another Helping of Cheesecake". Brandweek. 42 (11): 16. ISSN 1064-4318.
  4. ^ "US: Edrington Group moves Cutty Sark distribution from Skyy Spirits to Remy Cointreau". 19 May 2011. Archived from the original on 30 July 2018. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Edrington To Cut Ties With Rémy Cointreau in US Market". WhiskyCast. 13 June 2013. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  6. ^ "Edrington Launches Edrington Americas" (Press release). 1 May 2014. Retrieved 29 July 2018.
  7. ^ " Summary Page for Cutty Sark". Archived from the original on 24 June 2015. Retrieved 21 October 2012.

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