Maxxium UK will launch a new limited edition Cutty Sark blend this month exploring the origins of the whisky’s unique name, which was originally inspired by the famous Cutty Sark clipper which now rests in Greenwich, London.
Cutty Sark Tam o’Shanter Blended Scotch Whisky (ABV 46.5%) is the first expression created by Cutty Sark Master Blender Kirsteen Campbell, and is a development of the acclaimed Cutty Sark 25 year old (Gold – Best in Class, IWSC 2011) with a distinctly darker, wilder side perfectly reflecting the world famous Burns’ poem.
The name ‘Cutty Sark’ was selected by the builders of the famous clipper from the poem Tam o’Shanter, penned by Robert Burns in 1791. The poem tells the tale of an Ayrshire man, Tam, who when riding home from the pub one evening happens across a gathering of witches and warlocks. One of the witches, Nannie, who is described to be wearing a short shirt, or ‘Cutty Sark’, chases after Tam, but only manages to catch the tail of his horse before he makes his escape.
The bottle itself features a scene from the poem etched around the entire bottle, as well as a wax closure showing Tam’s face. The designs are inspired by the late Alexander Goudie, one of Scotland’s finest figurative painters. The bottle is presented in a stunning bespoke oak gift box also decorated in the style of Goudie. It also contains a 134-page book which tells the Tam o’ Shanter story through over 50 illustrated scenes by Goudie and brings Tam’s story to life in a distinctive and dramatic style.
Peter Sandstrom, Marketing Director, Maxxium UK commented: “The Cutty Sark brand is an important part of Maxxium UK’s whisky portfolio, which now comprises 16 brands across the Blended Scotch, Single Malt and Bourbon categories. Tam o’Shanter limited edition has fantastic shelf appeal and we anticipate it will be much sought after by whisky collectors and Burns enthusiasts alike.”
Globally, only 5,000 bottles of this new blend have been created, with an RRP of £199.
Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky was first created in London 1923 and relaunched in the UK in 2010. This lighter blend is a versatile whisky and makes a perfect base for long mixed drinks.