Region: Wellington, South Africa
Style: Single Malt
Age: 10 Years
The first South African single malt whisky to be released was in the form of the Three Ships 10 Year Old in 2003. That first limited-release earned a gold medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirits Competition.
This helped to show that South Africa and Three Ships were serious about their whisky. It was also rated 91 in the 2012 Jim Murray Whisky Bible. This limited edition whisky has been produced and matured at The James Sedgwick Distillery
Colour: Deep gold to burnished copper
Nose: Starts off slightly sweet with hint of peat (honeyed smoke) and then moves along to dried fruits (especially pear), smoky fudge, and notes of stick toffee pudding. A charming and fresh nose.
Palate: Sweet smoky spiciness, honey, peaches, glycerine, vanilla and hints of Christmas cake. A palate that is soft, well-balanced, round and full that coats your tongue. It leaves a lovely warmness at back of ones throat.
Body: Full bodied with fine-looking medium to thick legs that covers the inside of the glass (and not to mention your mouth).
Finish: A finish that is long, warm, spicy and toasty. Lingering oak and dry at the very end.
Overall: A wonderfully balanced whisky, that is full of flavour, with a sweet florally scent and stunning palate. This single malt really shows what brilliant whisky is being made in South Africa. Well done to Andy Watts and team.
My Score: 86