Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Review

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Review

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition was created to celebrate Captain William McCoy who supposedly smuggled Cutty Sark into the the USA during prohibition. He was renowned for never cutting his liquor and always delivering the good stuff which was dubbed “the real McCoy”. There’s no way to validate whether Captain McCoy ever smuggled in Cutty Sark, but he was an actual rum-runner during prohibition (bootlegger). However the term “the real McCoy” is more often accredited to a story involving an early 1900’s bare knuckle boxer named Kid McCoy, though even that’s in dispute and term could originate even earlier.

So what’s the difference between this and regular green bottle Cutty? According to their site: “whilst our regular Cutty Sark blend is 40% ABV. This is a “small batch” blend of the finest single malts and top-quality grain whiskies. Hand-selected American oak casks give subtle signature flavors of vanilla and citrus fruits…” Which isn’t super helpful , but the press release basically says it’s supposed to have more malt in the blend and married in 100% ex-Bourbon casks. For what it’s worth, it does taste less grain heavy than the green bottle, but without them telling us what the levels are in each there’s no way to know for sure.

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Info

Region: Scotland

Blender: Cutty Sark
Cask: ex-Bourbon
Age: NAS
ABV: 50%

Non-Chill Filtered

Price: $30

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Review


Honey, malt, vanilla, a little youthful grain, but not much. Almond biscotti and a touch of fruit.

Vanilla, honey, tropical fruit, a bit of that youthful grain, but still not a heavy amount. Some orchard fruit, toffee and a hint of wood. There is a hint of an underlying, and complimentary, sweetness.

Long. Caramel, vanilla, orchard fruit and a bit of wood.

Good balance, shocked how much i like it. Medium body and it runs a little hot, but not bad. Relatively smooth

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition isn’t amazing or awful, but might be worth having around to mix things up from time to time. Definitely not a daily dram, but something I would actually consider picking up for cocktails and occasional sipping.

SCORE: B- (80-82/100: Range due to a single glass & not tasting at home)

Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Review - Score Breakdown
  • Nose - 80
  • Palate - 80
  • Finish - 80
  • Balance, Body & Feel - 80


As far as blends go, Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition isn’t too bad at all on the value scale, especially when it comes to having a quality mixer around for Scotch cocktails.

Josh Peters

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9 Responses to Cutty Sark Prohibition Edition Review

  1. I just received a bottle of this, and cracked it open tonight. I’ll be honest, I didn’t go in with particularly high expectations, but I was pretty impressed. For a relatively affordable blend, I found it easy (and interesting) enough to drink neat or with a splash of water, and I think it will work well as a mixer, too.

    Great review!

    • Thanks Josh, appreciate it. It’s definitely not terrible and I’ve been considering picking up a bottle to try at home and see how it compares to what I experienced at the bar. You’re making me think I should do this sooner rather than later.


  2. I’ve been finding this one on close out for $10 over the last month and, for the price, it is impossible to beat. I’ve been trying to find more bargain whiskies lately as the winter season always leads me down the expensive Scotch road. On my value quest I’ve tried blends like The Famous Grouse, Grant’s, and TJ’s blended scotch, and some cheap singles like Speyburn 10 and Lismore, but I’d have to say this 100 proof bottling of Cutty seems to be the best of the bunch. At the $30 price point I’d rather spend another $10-$15 for a good single malt but all-in-all this is not something bad to sip on a budget that does satisfy that scotch craving.

  3. I like it. A very good summer dram. I rate it a solid 85. Sure it hasn’t the depth of a $60.00 Macallan. But at half that price, it’s a ‘go’ for me. Good Work Cutty Sark folks.

  4. I keep stopping and looking at this, but I can get Glenmorangie 10 and Isle of Skye 8 for less, so I keep passing. Am I missing out on something?

  5. I am new to scotch and have tried a few, but of all the cheaper brands I think this is the best so far. I bought the green bottle and the prohibition edition the same day, one taste of the black bottle and I was sold. I like the light burn at the end and the oak cast comes in so slightly. For the $21.00 I payed I try to keep this one in stock, it was hard to find in my area.

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