In a world where single malts capture the interest from whisky-lovers, Three Ships, South Africa’s first whisky brand, has over the past 14 years launched limited-release single malts with phenomenal success.
The first 10-year-old single malt was launched in 2003 and sold out within a few months followed by the collector’s tin series released over a three year period in 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2016, Three Ships launched its first single malt carrying a vintage statement – the Three Ships 10-Year-Old Single Malt vintage 2005.
The whisky is the most peated single malt master distiller Andy Watts has produced to date and a style he will be continuing in the single malts to come.
“When we launched South Africa’s first single malt in 2003 we didn’t have a single malt style policy in place and since then we have actively planned towards this moment where we are now in the position to launch a vintage statement single malt, each year and one with a defined style and vision.
“I use the Cape winter months for fermentation to allow the yeast to follow its natural fermentation curve with as little temperature control interference as possible. We distilled the spirit in 2005 in copper pot stills before it was laid to rest for 10 years in a selection of older American oak to compliment the delicate flavours of the spirit. It’s a beautiful whisky and a very proud moment for me!”
South Africa’s first whisky brand, has over the past 14 years launched limited-release single malts with phenomenal success.
Bottled at a strength of 44.6% it is un-chill-filtered and presented in its purest form. Rich and complex, the wonderful combination of pepper, spice, sweet oak, roasted malt, digestive biscuits, dark toffee and peat reveals slowly as the creaminess in the mouth lingers. The finish is exceptionally smooth, full-bodied with a long fruity, peaty aftertaste and a slight hint of liquorice.
The single malt is produced at The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington where the year-round warm temperature accelerates the interaction between the cask, air and the spirit, allowing the whisky to portray an elegance associated with much older whiskies.
Only a few bottles remain of the Three Ships 10-Year-Old Single Malt 2005 vintage and the 2006 vintage will soon join the respect the previous single malts have enjoyed from connoisseurs from around the world.