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Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish

Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish

Best South African Blended Whisky 2016

Lots of sweet, fruity confectionery on the nose. More tropical juice character on the palate, some mild bitterness and an interesting hoppy note. The mid-palate has a sweet base, almost like undercooked pastry. White pepper rises to the top as the tropical fruit flavours turn bitter toward a clean, dry finish. The perfect crime.

Best African Blended 2015

Opens with manuka honey and herbs on the nose. Hints of barley and nutty, coconut milk oak follow. Very creamy and smooth with hints of lychee, banana and a little herbal spirit at the edge. Soft and smooth palate with apricot and blanched almonds. Lightly creamy with coconut and unsweetened pineapple. The oak becomes a little bitter.

Long and intense finish. Lovely bittersweet balance. Another finely balanced blend.

Some light sherry, raisins, vanilla, ripe oranges and apples, then some blond tobacco and a little honey. Impeccable, although probably quite young. The palate is very spicy, probably from a pretty active cask.

White pepper, ginger and cinnamon, then more juicy sultanas and oranges. Long and spicy finish. Gingerbread and cinnamon mints. Quite excellent with lots of spice and oak.

Best African Blended No Age Statement 2014

Exotic, herbal, some sap wood. Fruity finish with some unripe mango. Bernhard Schafer

Sweet, oaky vanilla. Watermelon. Pear, citrus and some slight smoke. Fred Minnick

Sweet and chewy with exotic woods and strange fruits. Very, very tasty indeed. Davin de Kergommeaux

Best African Blended Whisky No Age Statement 2013