#117 • Three Ships Whiskey 5

43% alc./vol.
James Sedgwick Distillery, Wellington, Western Cape, South Africa.

Whiskey surprise! As an aperitif, on August 13 at Scotch Whiskey Club of Quebec, I had the chance to taste a tear of Three Ships Whiskey 5 years old, a blend of scotch and, hold on tight, South African whiskey.

The James Sedgwick distillery, located in the Western Cape of South Africa, uses to make its basic expression of Three Ships (there are others, including a 10 year old single malt) a skilful blend of its whiskey house, and malt and Scottish grain whiskeys, for a result that has matured at least five years.

While I wasn't too impressed with this particular bottle, I would still be curious to try the rest of their range.

As the well-beloved Colonel Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, said:

Even the best blacksmith knocks on his thumb a few times ...

The most appropriate color description would be a kind of rather red muscatel.

Nose:
A little bland. Light smoke, some fruit, almost a feeling of sherry. Difficult to pin down, perhaps because not much is happening there.

Taste:
Sweet and sweet at first, light vanilla quickly replaced by a taste of heated tire or cheap perfume from La Baie. Touch of nuts at the end.

Finish:
Rubber, light caramel. Very disappointing.

Balance:
Really not to shoot yourself in the walls. Less bad than the Rumskey, but like the latter, there are mixtures that should sometimes be avoided.

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