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Three Ships Whisky launches special release

The brand has announced an exclusive release for the UK, Europe and Nordics
From the James Sedgwick Distillery in South Africa, Three Ships Whisky has launched a special release of 12 Years Old Single Malt. The new expression is the first launch in the Master Distiller’s Private Collection, bottled at 46.3% ABV.

The Wellington-based distillery’s master distiller, Andy Watts, distilled the liquid in 2007 and matured it for a minimum of 12 years in a combination of old and young American oak casks.

Watts explained that he is overjoyed to be sharing this South African whisky with consumers abroad: “Crafting a single malt is definitely the pinnacle for every master distiller and it’s an honour to be able to launch this special release for the overseas market. The whisky represents our innovative approach to crafting whisky that excites and expands the World Whisky category.”

It’s been more than four decades since the first Three Ships Whisky was launched and the years since have been filled with many milestones and achievements for the brand, including World’s Best Blended Whisky award at the 2012 World Whisky Awards as well as gold and double gold at all the major international whisky competitions.

Watts added: “Making whisky is not something that happens overnight. It takes immense planning and a lot of patience. It’s incredibly rewarding for me to see just how far we have come since those first days of producing whisky in South Africa.

“Our successes certainly didn’t come easily or without challenges. But we never compromised on our vision for making whisky in a country that in the traditional sense, was never destined to make whisky.”

The Master Distiller’s Private Collection Three Ships Whisky 12-Year-Old Single Malt will be available exclusively to the UK and European market at a retail selling price of £45/€50.