ISSUED BY DKC (DE KOCK COMMUNICATIONS) ON BEHALF OF THREE SHIPS WHISKY
South Africa’s first whisky brand has done it again. The Three Ships Select and Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish both took double gold at the 2014 San Francisco Spirits Competition. The Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old received gold. This prestigious competition sees all the top whisky brands from around the world compete for the attention of the international panel of judges.
Andy Watts, master distiller at the James Sedgwick Distillery, said when they first launched Three Ships back in 1977, the South African whisky industry was non-existing.
“We have come a long way since those first days of producing whisky in South Africa. Over the past three decades we’ve established our own unique style of whisky-making, invested in modern technology at The James Sedgwick Distillery where the range of Three Ships whiskies are produced and refined our selection of barrels for maturation.”
The Three Ships Select, one of South Africa’s favourite whiskies, is aged for a minimum of three years in oak to produce a warm, well-balanced and gentle whisky. Hints of oak and a slight sweetness fill the mouth, ending with a clean finish.
The Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish is the first South African whisky where both the malt and grain components are distilled and matured in SA. After an initial maturation of three years the final blend is matured for a further six months in bourbon casks. The result is a soft and warm whisky with a honeyed sweetness, vanilla notes and subtle hints of pepper and spice.
An artful blend of selected South African and Scotch whiskies, the Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old has been aged for a minimum of five years in oak casks. Robust, aromatic and unpretentious, the whisky exhibits a full peaty character, ending in a lingering, warm finish.
The Three Ships Select, Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish and Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year Old are available from leading liquor outlets for around R119, R189 and R138 respectively.