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Three Ships releases 10YO vintage single malt

The South African whisky brand Three Ships has launched a limited edition 10 year old single malt, which 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 in 2010, 2011 and 2012.

 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 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.”

Bottled at 44.6% ABV it is un-chillfiltered, the single malt is produced at The James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington where the year-round warm temperature accelerates the interaction between the cask and the spirit, allowing the whisky to portray an elegancy associated with much older whiskies. 

The Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt 2005 vintage will be available for purchase in select liquor outlets and from at about R524.95 per bottle.

22 August 2016 - Felicity Murray The Drinks Report, editor