Distillery/Brand: Three Ships
Colour: Pale Straw
Region: South Africa
Yes! My first South African single malt in the form of Three Ships 10 years old. This one is rated quite highly by all the critics so I was quite keen to have a go at it my self.
Quite an endearing nose this. Full and rounded and I like that it doesn’t overpower. There’s a definite bourbon influence with the dark chocolate and a light citrus drizzle which is accompanied by a hint of peat. All of this lying on a slab of sandalwood accompanied by green pears and freshly baked bread.
The medium bodied delivery is a touch delicate with a chocolate, honey and cinnamon mix. Chew it a bit longer and you’ll be able to eke out the faintest of green pears. It’s nice but it doesn’t blow me away.
The long finish is oaky dry with a mild cinnamon rub.
Is this malt spectacular? No. Is it decent? Sure, why not?