I’d heard a lot about the James Sedgwick Distillery in South Africa – mainly positive – so I couldn’t let this opportunity pass.
A glass of Three Ships 15yo was duly ordered in a packed Dick Mac’s pub at Dingle after the fabulous Irish Whiskey Awards 2019 event.
I got chatting with some American tourists – as you do – and they asked a pertinent question.
‘If you’ve heard a lot of good news regarding a whiskey – does that raise your expectations?’
‘Certainly’ I replied ‘But the proof is in the drinking.’
So I gave Three Ships a good nosing – and beamed a broad smile.
There was a richness & depth to this whisky that captivated me.
Notes of dark cherries – a juicy fruitiness – the warmth from years in wood and a touch of oaky spice. It reminded me of a good port finish – yet this was a South African Pinotage Wine cask. Works for my palate!
Those dark – almost heavy notes – followed through into the taste. My mouth burst with flavours before a pleasing punchy alcohol kick set them alight.
The finish had those flavours gently falling back into orbit with a gorgeous warm oaky spice tinged with prickly juiciness.
I was so impressed I insisted my American friends took a swig.
They likened the punchy quality to a good rye – no bad thing in my book – although the luscious fruit juiciness of Three Ships was in contradiction to the dry peppery spice of a rye.
Even after tasting the Irish Whiskey Awards winners – this Three Ships 15yo certainly won me over!
Many thanks to the kindly American tourists for sharing their time & displaying the whisky for my snaps. Hope you had a great time in Ireland.