Friday Tastings

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition

Take it from us — the legendary Scotch's new blend is the Real McCoy.

Back in Prohibition days, if you wanted a good quaff (and you weren’t afraid of the penalties for being caught), there was only one man to call: Captain William McCoy, Bacchus of the United States circa 1920. The American bootlegger — who never touched a drop of the good stuff himself — specialized in clean, uncut, and unadulterated liquids, thus the nickname given to his wares: “The Real McCoy”.

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Prohibition-era, and the man himself, with its black opaque glass and cork seal reminiscent of the whisky bottles of the day. The liquid itself matured in American oak, and bottled at 100 proof.  We gave it a taste last week, and were impressed, especially given the under-$30 price tag. Notes of toffee, vanilla, and citrus add up to a blend that’s tasty on the rocks or neat (remember to toss in a splash of water). It mixes well, too (not something you could say about most Scotch whiskies). We tried a couple cocktails suggested by the folks at Cutty — an updated Old Fashioned, and a twist on a Tom Collins — both of which are well worth a try. Recipes for each are below.

100 is the new 80
2 oz. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition
1 Tsp. (2:1) Ginger Syrup
1 Tsp. Amontillado Sherry
1/2 Tsp. Demerara Syrup
Two Dashes Bitters
Stir, strain into a rocks glass, add ice, and garnish with an orange zest.

Cutty’s Vanilla Collins
2 oz. Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition
0.75 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
0.75 oz Vanilla Syrup (one vanilla bean cut up and steeped overnight in a quart of simple syrup)
Combine ingredients in a shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a Collins glass over fresh ice. Top with soda water and garnish with an orange and a cherry.

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