Friday, October 16, 2020


The James Sedgwick Distillery, has announced the launch of the first expression in its new Master Distiller’s Private Collection, which will be exclusively available in the UK and Europe.

Three Ships 12 Year Old (46.3% ABV) which was created by Master Distiller Andy Watts, was distilled in 2007 and matured in a special selection of aged American oak casks.

Three Ships 12 Year Old

This latest release from the Wellington, South Africa based distillery, is said to deliver notes of shortbread, dried fruit, soft leather, cherries, roasted nuts and mocha on the nose. Followed by notes of smoke, pepper, dried peaches, citrus, hints of Christmas pudding and an earthiness reminiscent of a pine forest on the palate.

Although the warmer South African climate results in a much higher angel’s share, the accelerated interaction between the spirit, cask and atmosphere, gave rise to what is described as a spectacular single malt with depth of flavour, balance and extraordinary smoothness.

Commenting on the news, Master Distiller Andy Watts, said: “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.”

He went onto say: “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.”

Three Ships 12 Year Old, will be available later this month from specialist retailers in the UK and European, for between £40.00 - £50.00.

Posted by Steve Rush