Overall rating
Distillery Bottling
Stated Age
15 years old
Pinotage Casks Finish
Number of bottles
46.2 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
29 Sep 2016 6:08 pm by mds51

Average value

€ 98,78

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Whisky Reviews for Three Ships 15-year-old

3 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 84.14 points

  1. Billy Dram scored this whisky 91 points Member Junior

    The James Sedgwick Distillery produced a new and special whisky. A blend of malt and grain, matured in ex bourbon American Oak casks with a finish in ex-Pinotage casks. The malt and gain matured for different periods, and this applies also for the finish. The result is an exceptional whiskyblend from South African origin with 46,2% Volume. The release is comprised to 4.000 bottles of 750 ml of which only 3.500 are for sale. The other 500 are for marketing purposes.

    It is a fruity whisky, in the nose, the palate and the finish. With the finish there comes a little edge. I really understand why this whisky is decorated so much allready in South Africa. It is a pitty the distribution was not world wide. 

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur


    Apparently this is/was the first/only Pinotage finish in the world in 2016.

    N: Method & Madness Chestnut finish anyone? Pretty straight varnished planks here.
    T: No surprises from the nose to the palate.
    F: Virgin oak fade, not much here either.
    C: Well made, just not that interesting. I have actually preferred the younger 10.Scores a C-

  3. Shane_IL scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    What a whisky! The grain character is apparent here, but it’s in no way a bad thing, it’s very evident that top quality stuff went into this. The notes are, like a pinotage, big and bold, it’s a very lively whisky and I found the profile to be quite dynamic. It did feel a little bit weak on the palate, but I think had the ABV been higher the nose and finish would have been too intense. Really an amazing piece of craftsmanship here.

    Reviewed in my blog: https://iwriteaboutstuffilike.com/2016/11/01/three-ships-15-pinotage-cask-finish/
    • Nose
      The aged grain components shine through here for me. Woody vanilla, old varnished wood. Caramel toffee. Along with that there’s some magical grapey spicy loveliness. Red fruits, strawberry cheesecake. Blood orange. Cinnamon. A hint of cloves. With some glass time chocolate notes develop along with some very vegetal earthy notes (think mulch).
    • Taste
      Delicate vanilla and woodspice at first and then an intense rush of very rich fruits. Plums. Grapefruit. Nutty wood. Marzipan. And then iced cinnamon buns all the way down.
    • Finish
      Long. Quite dynamic. The cinnamon and marzipan died off pretty fast and on my first sip I thought that was it, but then I got this wave of bitter wood and cinnamon alternating with citrus and peppermint creme.


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