18 April, 2008

Ship comes in

Cutty Sark Whisky was created 85 years ago during Prohibition in the US

when legendary Captain Bill McCoy started to bootleg the drink into the country.

Despite this handicap the new whisky was an instant success because its

light , delicate style made it superb for mixing cocktails.

Cutty Sark now sells

more than 2 million cases

a year and

is still made from a careful selection of

more than 20 single malt whiskies, predominantly from Speyside, blended with top -quality grain whiskies. It is then matured in American oak casks which give subtle and complex flavours. Once matured, the malts are blended together, as are the grain whiskies, before

being married for

six months. This marrying process is a particular feature of Cutty Sark and ensures the final blend is consistent in colour and flavour.

The new Mr

Big cocktail,

made by leading mixologist Andy Pearson at the recent Cutty Sark 85th birthday party, can be created by mixing 5 cl of Cutty Sark


0.25cl sweet

vermouth. Add

a dash of peach bitters with ice, shake and strain into a

martini glass, and garnish with a cocktail cherry or cinnamon stick.

OLN has teamed up with UK agent Emporia Brands to offer a case of six bottles of Cutty Sark Original Blended Scotch to the winner of this competition.

Just answer this question: In which year was Cutty Sark Whisky created?

Send your answer, with your name , address and daytime telephone number on a postcard marked Cutty Sark competition, by April 30, to: Emporia Brands , The Church, 172 London Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 1XR, or email your answer to

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