Interestingly the GMTV weather girl was reporting from Irvine where there is a passenger clipper beached on the waterside slowly rotting away. It's funny what is saved and what is allowed to decay.
In the days of prohibition, it was apparently the favourite tipple of the then legendary bootlegger Mc Coy and hence, references to the "real" Mc Coy were probably references to Cutty Sark.
irishwhiskeychaser wrote:What confuses me is why there is a whisky named after a Clipper originally used to transport Tea ?????
Any more information to be shed from learned forum members .....
It seems to be a name chosen by a Scottish artist by the name of James McBey.
this edition will taste of burning tarred rope. Beats peat I bet.
The name was chosen because she was the fastest bigship of her time and the new Cutty Sark whisky was a typical light blend of prohibition and post prohibition times. So the proprietors liked to play with the image of a rum running ship even if she never played a part in the creative provision business for the US between 1919 and 1933
The name Old smuggler was taken anyway.
Di Blasi wrote:Matt Page wrote::shock: Do you think they will have a special 'smokey' bottling soon....
Sad to hear. But if they're smart, they'll capitalize on it and do some special bottlings!! Cutty Sark Super Smoke, Cutty Sark On Fire, and Cutty Sark Restored! Good luck!
Actually, if they are really, really smart, they would make a special release and donate the profits towards a restoration.
That would be priceless publicity and marketing wise.
bond wrote:In the days of prohibition, it was apparently the favourite tipple of the then legendary bootlegger Mc Coy and hence, references to the "real" Mc Coy were probably references to Cutty Sark.
There are a few theories concerning this term. In the latest Malt Maniacs (#103), Konstantin Grigoriadis puts forth this theory, also dealing with Cutty Sark:
“Berry Bros, a highly respectable firm of London wine and whisky merchants then launched a new brand of Scotch, the first of the 'light' whiskies, exclusively for export, the Cutty Sark. For the booming Bahamas market, which was the back door into Prohibition America, Francis Berry saw advantages in working with Captain McCoy, whose reputation for dealing only with genuine goods had led to the idiom: 'It's the real McCoy'.”
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