The finish is exceptionally smooth, full-bodied with a long fruity, peaty aftertaste and slight hint of liquorice, that’s the latest edition of South Africa’s pride Three Ships Whisky 10 Year Old Single Malt 2005 vintage.
Yours’ truly and few select guests had the privilege to toast the glass and sip the contents of this award winning whisky at a private function at Coobs Restaurant, Parkhurst-Jozi recently.
Throw back- the mentioning of the word Three Ships whisky in the past was taboo as connoisseurs of whisky would take you head-on, but fast forward to today’s generation it s now cool to be seen indulging on it, stru!
It comes packaged in a new look and brash designed bottle that carries a 2005 vintage statement.
The whisky follows the successful release of the first single malt launched in 2003 and the collector’s tin series over a three year period in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Educating us on various Three Ships brands that were on offer-prior to our sumptuous dinner, Master distiller Andy Watts says this is the most powerful single malt he has produced to date, 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 potstills 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!”
“Drinking whisky is like a journey- you take your time”, Watts lyrically waxed, who only returned from the States to attend the launch.
A gentleman known as Mark (specializes in hosting whisky tastings) admitted they’re already out-stock as a result of demand having only had 600 bottles.
Newly appointed Ebith Jurgens, Marketing Manager quipped that the market has been waiting for the refreshed package and thus far, the response is overwhelming.
“This is because we have our own target market that is loyal to the brand since way back.”
The Distill owned brand is produced in Cape Town -The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington.
It will retail for R524.95 per bottle at all liquor outlets countrywide.
Oh, yes i’m already doing justice to my bottle!