#117 • Three Ships Whiskey 5

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

Surprise whiskey! As an aperitif, the 13 last August at Scotch Whiskey Club of Quebec, I was lucky enough to taste a tear of Three Ships Whiskey 5 years, a blend of Scotch and of, take care, South African whiskey.

The James Sedgwick Distillery, located on the Western Cape of South Africa, uses to make its basic expression of the Three Ships (there are others, including a single malt 10 years) a mix of his whiskey home, and malt whiskeys and Scottish grain, for a result of at least five years of maturation.

Although I was not too impressed by 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 hits a few times on his thumb ...

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

Nose:
A little bland. Light smoke, a little fruit, almost an impression of sherry. Hard to pin down, maybe because not much is happening.

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 Rumskeybut, like the latter, there are mixtures that must sometimes be avoided.

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