THREE SHIPS BOURBON CASK FINISH NAMED AFRICA’S BEST SPIRIT IN CHINA
ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS ON BEHALF OF THREE SHIPS WHISKY
The proudly South African Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish has been named as Africa’s Best Spirit receiving a trophy and gold medal at the 2014 China Wine and Spirits competition, the first South African whisky to achieve such an accolade at this competition. Entries were tasted and judged by the top buyers, importers, distributors and retailers in the Far East who were awarding those offering the best value.
Andy Watts, master distiller at the James Sedgwick Distillery, said the Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish is South Africa’s first 100% blended whisky and this award adds another first for the South African whisky industry.
“When we launched the whisky in 2005 our aim was to show the world that South Africa is ready to produce a world-class whisky. The whisky is the first where both the malt and grain components are distilled and matured in SA. Since then the whisky and the others in the Three Ships range have enjoyed phenomenal results at international competitions and has been lauded by whisky connoisseurs and bloggers across the world, making us enormously proud of the whiskies we produce locally.”
The Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish is made from the finest malt and grain, distilled in both pot and column stills and after an initial maturation of three years the final blend is matured for a further six months in bourbon casks, rounding off the whisky’s golden hue and unique palate.
The whisky is soft and warm with a honeyed sweetness, vanilla notes and subtle hints of pepper and spice. “Considering the relatively short time the Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish spends in the bourbon casks, we are amazed every time by just how much flavour gets extracted,” Andy said.
The range of Three Ships whiskies are produced at the James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington. Since the launch of the Three Ships brand over three decades ago the distillery has undergone several upgrades which has transformed it into a state-of-the-art facility, the only of its kind in Africa.
The Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish is available from leading liquor outlets for around R149.