Yoav shared a sample of the Three Ships 10 year old with us. Earlier this year I wrote some notes on it. But not completely satisfied with them and now having the chance to taste some more from the JS Distillery, and returning to this one. There was a little bit left in the sample given so very glad to be able to have an second taste at this one. What are they telling us about this one?
Back in 2003, the first South African single malt whisky was released in the form of Three Ships 10 Year Old. This limited-release earned a gold medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirits Competition and showed the world that South Africa and Three Ships were serious about their whisky.
We were lucky to receive some other samples from expressions of this distillery. Please have a look for those notes here. Below the notes on the lovely 10 year old, with some additions to the earlier post.
Toffee sweet, vanilla, spice, barley, and floral. Fruit notes of apple and pear. Bit coconut and marzipan, hint of pepper, hard lemon candy, and buttery.
Sweet, vanilla, fudge, pepper, ginger bread, bit rye, caramel, toffee, barley, apple, pear, lemon, peach, dark fruit jam, honey, cocoa butter, bit rosemary, and raisins
Middle length finish, bit honey and cocoa butter
An 7,5 out of 10. Lovely and sweet dram. Found it balanced, smooth, sweet and pleasant.