.three ships – bourbon cask finish

“Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish is a pioneer in its own right. Released in 2005, this premium whisky is a first of its kind, a 100% South African blended whisky and is enjoyed by pioneers looking for something unique.”

43% abv, €15, blend

Nose: sweet, vanilla, nuts, macadamia nuts, almonds, milk chocolate, citrus, orange peel

Palate: sweet, vanilla, creamy mouth-feel, nuts, walnuts, citrus, lemon-zest
Finish: spicy, sweet, vanilla, honey, marshmallows, floral, rather short, citrus, marmalade
Mark: +++/++ 
Conclusion: a rather nice blend, if you can find a bottle outside of South-Africa, go check it out.
More info: “This blended whisky consists of malt and grain components that are distilled and matured here in South Africa. After its initial three year maturation period, the blended whisky is placed in first-fill American Bourbon Casks for a further six month marrying period.”

Thanks to Andy Watts, master distiller of JS Distillery, we found out that the first three years of maturation was done in American oak ex-Whisky & Canadian casks, mostly 2nd to 4th fill.

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