THREE SHIPS WINS WORLDWIDE WHISKY TROPHY
The Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt has become the first South African whisky to be awarded the Worldwide Whisky Trophy and a gold outstanding distinction at the annual International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC) held in London. In a second round of blind tastings, the gold winners from all the participating countries with the exception of Ireland and Scotland competed for the trophy and judges chose the South African whisky above those from the USA, Canada, Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Japan and Taiwan.
A delighted Andy Watts, master distiller of the range, said in the 33 years he had been involved in making Three Ships, he had time and again been astounded by the international acclaim for these whiskies.
“Who would have thought back then that we would be able to create such interest in South African whiskies? Traditionally, South Africa is known as a wine and brandy country, and many felt at the time we should rather leave whisky-making to those countries in the Northern Hemisphere with centuries of experience in making it. Thankfully we didn’t listen but followed our dream!”
Another Three Ships entry in the competition, its Premium Select 5 Year Old, took gold. This whisky is in many ways a tribute to the time Andy spent on the Isle of Islay at the start of his whisky-making career. It was here where so many years ago, he fell in love with the island’s iconic peaty whiskies. The Premium Select, which spends five years in oak, is a blend of peated barley distilled in copper stills made for the James Sedgwick Distillery by Forsyth’s of Scotland, and grain spirit distilled in column stills.
The Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt, of which only a limited quantity was released at the time of its launch, has long been sold out. Only a few whisky lovers might still have a bottle or two in their collections while others might still harbor fond memories of the whisky, which was matured for ten years in carefully selected oak barrels. The Three Ships Premium Select 5 Year is available nationwide and retails for about R160. Visit www.threeshipswhisky.co.za for more on the range.
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