Cutty Sark Navigates Its Naughty Past
Posted: January 3, 2014
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NOSE: Bready with a hint of fusel oil and light fruit notes, honey and caramel.
PALATE: Honey notes chime in first and morph into caramel and vanilla with a hint of pepper. Then come hard candies that smack of berry and citrus fruits. It fills out with cinnamon, graham cracker and other toasty, hardy flavors that set it far apart from the light, bright flavors of Cutty Yellow Label. Very little peat.
FINISH: More savory notes appear on the finish with a bit of cheddar cheese and some added spice deep into the finale.
Regius White Label Toro by Don Manuel Quesada (6 inches by 50 ring gauge; $7.75; 88 points, July 9 Cigar Insider) A strong smoke from the start, this toro is rich and flavorful with wood and spice, but has some intermittent notes of oily wood and is a touch sharp on the palate. The sweetness of the blend elevates the tart flavors of the cigar to a new place, bringing out toast and nuts. The trade off for the Cutty isn't as pronounced, but does highlight its honey flavors.
Punch Rare Corojo Perfecto (7 inches by 48 ring gauge; $5.30; unrated) A handsomely shaped figurado with charcoal notes offset by chunky wood and toffee notes. Once again the whisky coaxes toast and nuts from the cigar, adding sweet notes and savoriness. The blend gets a bigger boost this time from the cigar, with its spice and cinnamon notes greatly accentuated.
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