Three Ships

15 Years Old Pinotage Cask Finish

ABV 46%
REVIEWED Issue 144
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Brand: Three Ships
Expression: 15 Years Old Pinotage Cask Finish
Type: South Africa Whisky / Blended
Age: 15 years old
Year of bottling: 2017
ABV: 46%
Country/Region: South Africa
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Mark Newton
Nose: Chock-full of character. A dirty bass-note worthy of Campbeltown. Earthy and sweet. Vegetative and biscuity, with strawberry jam and dried fruits to follow.
Palate: Silky delivery. Slightly mealy, but very pleasant toffee, raisins and dates, fruity notes rising above. Hedgerow jam and dark chocolate. Very warming cinnamon.
Finish: Surprisingly long, and falls back to that core earthiness balanced with the jammy sugars.
Comment: Where easy-drinking meets strong character. Enough to please everyone?
Taster   Laura Foster
Nose: Like toffee-flavoured whisky. And cream liqueur! Hazelnut praline completes the sweet triumvirate. A very pleasant combination that’s easy on the nose.
Palate: Dark chocolate-covered toffee chews, toasted hazelnuts and roasted chestnuts. There’s a touch of sour cherry in there too. Adding water gives a rich mouthfeel and salted caramel boost.
Finish: Cherry filled chocolates – the ones that burst with liqueur when you bite into them.
Comment: Sweet relief. An easy-drinking drop.
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