Cutty Sark Scotch Whiskey 12 Years old Vintage 4/5 Quart with tax seal bottled at 86 proof has been discontinued. A testament to the art of blending, Cutty Sark 12 Years Old is light, bright and elegant. It has the Cutty trademark hint of sweetness and a rounded finish.Cutty Sark 12 Years Old is especially blended for those consumers who are looking for a deluxe Scotch whisky with exceptional depth, yet with the elegant balance and long finish that is characteristic of the Cutty Sark house style.An old-fashioned lunch in the parlour of 3 St Jamess Street in London on 23rd March 1923 changed the course of Scotch whisky history for ever. In attendance were Francis Berry and Hugh Rudd, the partners of the worlds most prestigious wine and spirits merchants, Berry Bros. & Rudd, together with Scottish artist James McBey. The conversation turned, inevitably, to whisky; Berrys had been selling its own brands for some time in the UK and a small amount had been exported to the USA to private customers immediately before World War I. Berry Bros. & Rudd, like all good merchants, knew what their customers liked and felt that heavy, dark whiskies would spoil the palate of their wine-loving clientele.The USA was in the grips of Prohibition but there were signs that this would not last forever; the partners saw an opportunity to create a new type of blended Scotch specifically for an international market. It was suggested that this whisky should differentiate itself from those already available by being lighter in style, blended only from the very finest whiskies. The new blend was to be bottled at its naturally pale colour to avoid the danger of caramel colouring masking its more subtle flavours. Coincidentally, this style of blended whisky would suit their personal tastes as wine drinkers.Other blenders continued to market heavier, darker blends giving the new Berry Bros. & Rudd blend a real point of difference in an already competitive market. All that was missing was a name; the worlds fastest ship “ a tea clipper named Cutty Sark “ had just returned from many years trading and was much in the news at the time. James McBey, a keen sailor, suggested that this would be an admirable name for the new whisky. He then proceeded to draw a preliminary design on a napkin and used the correct term Scots rather than the more common Scotch whisky.Cutty Sark was launched to immediate international acclaim; as the first light-coloured blended Scotch whisky, its lightness ensured Cutty Sark would become a firm favourite as an aperitif and in cocktails. The name Cutty Sark was inspired by the fastest and most famous of all the Scottish-built clipper ships, launched in 1869. The clipper was named after a young witch dressed in a Cutty Sark or short shirt, who could run as fast as the wind, from the famous poem Tam OShanter by Scotlands celebrated poet Robert Burns.During Prohibition, Cutty Sark gave rise to the expression the Real McCoy; it was bootlegged by the legendary Captain Bill McCoy, a smuggler based in the Bahamas. McCoy was teetotal and, unusually, his contraband was uncut and unadulterated; the expression remains a synonym for integrity and authenticity.Following the Repeal of Prohibition in 1933, the impeccable reputation led to a surge in sales which continued until, in 1961, Cutty Sark became the best-selling Scotch whisky in the USA and it remains one of the worlds best-selling blends.