Three Ships

Single Malt Aged 12 Years

ABV 46.3%
REVIEWED Issue 171
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Expression: Single Malt Aged 12 Years
Type: South Africa Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 12 years old
ABV: 46.3%
Country/Region: South Africa
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Tasting notes
Taster   Rob Allanson
Nose: Honey-roasted ham hock and balsamic vinegar. Honey, a hint of smoke, then rich fruity notes of preserved plums and marinated figs, then a little vanilla ice cream.
Palate: The gorgeous marinated fig note follows through to the palate alongside Parma ham, gentle oak, olive oil, black pepper and dark chocolate.
Finish: Long rich olive oil and gentle black and white pepper spice.
Comment: Gorgeous sweet pork fats and cured meats balanced with a sweet and creamy mouthfeel. Delicious.
Taster   Becky Paskin
Nose: Delicate peat smoke appears in the form of smouldering heather, with a faint, salty seaweed, samphire vibe. There’s a green, agave quality to it, reminiscent of a reposado mezcal.
Palate: Green and youthful, with lots of bright fruit and an earthy, coastal smoke. Dry spice picks up, bringing with it a creamy vanilla character.
Finish: Agave, aloe vera and a gentle smoke lightly kissed by vanilla ice cream.
Comment: If South Africa were ever to discover that it has Mexican roots…
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