The Three Ships 10-year-old is the only single malt in the Three Ships range of whiskies. James Sedgwick Distillery made the distillate in 2005 after a successful run of their single malts in 2003. As the first ever single malt whisky to carry an age statement in their core range, this expression is carefully crafted by Master Distiller, Andy Watts.
Andy made the distillate from peated barley and used the winter months for fermentation so that the yeast can follow its natural fermentation curve without too much influence from the hot weather in South Africa. After distillation, he housed the spirits in older American oak to compliment the gentle flavours of the spirit.
Let’s look at how this whisky performs.
Nose: Sweet oak mixed with honeyed roasted meat wafts up the nose with slight peat. White pepper surfaces after a while with dark toffee and digestive biscuits in the background. (18/20)
Palate: Rich, honeyed sweetness coats the palate before some creamy butterscotch notes appear. Gentle peat smoke lingers at the back to complement the sweetness of the whisky. (18/20)
Finish: It has a relatively long finish with sweet oak, honey and peat smoke lingering in the mouth. (18/20)
Body: It is a well-balanced and complex single malt whisky. The lovely peat smoke combines with the honey sweetness to bring on a beautiful expression from Three Ships. Good stuff. (35/40)
Total Score: 89/100
Geek Choc: “This whisky is my favourite from Three Ships. It has depth, and yet it is approachable even for beginners. The spice is minimum, and the peat smoke is gentle. It is not a peat monster for sure, but one that lures you to keep trying. Good efforts!”
Where to buy: If you are looking to purchase this bottle, you can find it at Quaich Bar, Singapore’s first whisky bar. Alternatively, visit their online store at www.whiskystore.com.sg to get it delivered to your doorstep.