ralfy review 863 – Three Ships Single malt @46.3%vol



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38 Comments
  1. Reply
    ahpadt February 8, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Timely topical review of something from South Africa… 🙂

  2. Reply
    Steve Jang February 8, 2021 at 6:26 am

    Thank you Ralfy… I am always looking for new tastes and smells in terms of whisky! (and will be sure to try this). In terms of non-Scotch, Sullivans Cove has been my favorite so far, but I cannot disagree with you on how overpriced they can be… and how HARD it is to find them. I suppose they don't have enough supply to sell outside Tasmania… any insights on this would be appreciated.

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    Dreadn0ught February 8, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Glad to see some of my home country whisky!

  4. Reply
    Carlos Gascó February 8, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Muy divertido su libro
    Very funny your book!!

  5. Reply
    Ray Banto February 8, 2021 at 10:56 pm

    Ralfy did you taste Bains 15yo or one of the 18yo Travel Retail expressions? In your review about Bains Single Grain from Southafrica, you mentioned, that an older Bains should be quite excieting. But I didn't had the chance by now to drive to the bordershop on Fehmarn to buy one of these.

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    Nick Bradley February 8, 2021 at 11:07 pm

    Nick from York.
    I will look out for this at Field & Fawcett. Thanks for all your work.

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    iPad 1 February 8, 2021 at 11:12 pm

    Yes totally enjoyed it I bet you that South African whisky, matured a lot faster been in that climate. I can’t wait for the extras as well thanks mate

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    Steve HB February 8, 2021 at 11:17 pm

    Tasmania sometimes would like to think it's not part of Australia, but it is!

  9. Reply
    Dylan Holt February 8, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I’ve always heard the phenomenon of a wine or spirit tasting better at the place of production as Provence Syndrome.

  10. Reply
    Whisky In The 6 February 8, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    interesting stuff. Thanks Ralfy.

  11. Reply
    David Dyer February 8, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Thanks Ralfy! Still haven’t seen this in the shops here in South Africa, but will keep looking 🙂

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    Dominic Cummings February 8, 2021 at 11:59 pm

    I haven't tried the Three Ships yet, but I was gifted a bottle of the Bains Cape Mountain Whiskey from the same distillery. Soft, sweet & creamy; sure it's not a single malt but it was a fine choice for an easy drinking dram to relax with.

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    Donner Pass Whiskey February 9, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Have heard others like this as well. Think it has the same owners of Deanston, Bunnahabhain and Ledaig ?

  14. Reply
    Ash Southern February 9, 2021 at 12:14 am

    Bet the master distiller will be pissed when he finds out they're selling off his private collection!

  15. Reply
    chrisnil February 9, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I recently tried Swedish Mackmyra Whisky. On there website each bottling has a factsheet were they give info on the blend and say if they have used Caramel colouring

  16. Reply
    Graham Bailey February 9, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Last year they released a 63.7% cask strength version and it is bloody gorgeous.

    Wish you could taste it!

  17. Reply
    A.G. Atzeni February 9, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Ralfy – waiting for your second book. The first one i found it superb!

  18. Reply
    Andreas Niggemann February 9, 2021 at 12:43 am

    Next malt mention: Malticious Maltmarkers of Maltiness

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    Greg's Whisky Guide February 9, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Hi Ralfy, I'm surprised you didn' t find any peat smoke in there (a bit "à la Ardmore" imho) as I noticed some in the sample I received from a "trustee whisky collegue" & even more because Andy Watts (the master distiller) confirmed me saying "indeed" there is some peat there….and it seems there is only one batch of this, so no mistake possible…That said, I found it nice too & rated it 89/100, Cheers !

  20. Reply
    Andrew Blatherwick February 9, 2021 at 1:13 am

    8:58 Table Mountain Mist Ralfy?

  21. Reply
    Bill Snelling February 9, 2021 at 1:20 am

    You need to get rid off that cough Ralfy1

  22. Reply
    SpotW February 9, 2021 at 1:43 am

    My Hometown Whiskey.
    They do a lot of single cask and specialty cask releases available in South Africa. I believe this one is only for international distribution. So I don't have it.
    This is part of the Distell group. They do own Bunnahabhain, Deanston & Lediag.
    The master Distiller is Andy Watts. A legend to us Whisky snobs at the Southern tip of Africa.

  23. Reply
    E. R. V. February 9, 2021 at 1:50 am

    In the Age of Globalization in any case….Globalism is another thing, very current and frightening by the way….

  24. Reply
    Chris Donaghy February 9, 2021 at 1:52 am

    Hey Ralfy… I've got a lowlands BYOB tasting night, can you suggest and lowlands whisky I could bring to the table?

    Cheers!

  25. Reply
    Stingrae February 9, 2021 at 2:34 am

    Just a few comments:

    Three Ships uses varying levels of peated spec malt, usually around Ardmore/Bowmore levels, this release is a little less peaty than usual releases though. I found this release to be much more like an Island whisky with a briny note that was prominent, something I don't get in other Three Ships.

    The distillery in Wellington South Africa is well worth a visit, it is the Home of Bain's (created by Andy Watts, who is master distiller (and also head of whisky at Distell)). To those who visit, be sure to pick up at least a Bain's 15.

    This is not available in South Africa but we have the privilege of some amazing whisky releases annually and even from local retailers. The current core range here is:
    – A budget mixer whisky 'Three Ships Select'
    – A budget Bowmore-style blend 'Three Ships 5' (which is Andy's daily and he likes to pair it with blue cheese)
    – Bain's (Obviously and at 43% as all whisky in South Africa has to be a minimum of 43%), yay.
    – A single malt with a vintage date – 'Three Ships 10', the current vintage is 2007 and yes it is 10 years old.

    The special releases are usually from maturation periods in casks alternating between blends and single malts e.g. the previous year was an 11yo single malt that had spent 3 years in Shiraz casks), the previous year was a blend with four years in fino casks). For the keen among you, you can try out a Three Ships PX cask release in the Boutique-y release, don't let the 6yo age statement put you off, it's fantastic (remember South Africa has a much warmer climate than Scotland). The end of this year should see the release of the oldest Three Ships release at 21 years.

    Hope this helps inform some people on our excellent whisky.

  26. Reply
    ENSIO bygg February 9, 2021 at 3:36 am

    No worries with the cough, medicine is in front of you in the glass.

  27. Reply
    Marc February 9, 2021 at 3:48 am

    Speaking of independent bottlings, I'm looking at a local shop that has a 6yr old Arran, but aged in France. A blend of 3 casks, one ex bourbon, one peated and one sherry. I had a sample of it so far and it was impressive. Hope there is a bottle left this week when I stop in.

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    Let us & Numb us February 9, 2021 at 4:18 am

    Good to see you again Ralfy. Please review the Irish Tyrconnel 10 year old Madeira edition. It's very lovely!
    – Almost like a mix of Arran Quarter Cask and GlenAllachie 12 in taste 🙂 Sweet and powerful

  29. Reply
    Good Libations February 9, 2021 at 4:24 am

    It is part of the fun of what I call research; tasting from numerous places. I live in Tasmania so have some experience with Australian whisky. I love the Japanese versions. this is the first South African whisky I have ever heard of. Not even seen one in the many distributors I deal with. Thanks Ralfy.

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    Tony Lastname February 9, 2021 at 4:48 am

    Donairs from Halifax … Nova Scotia … not like anywhere else. By the by, Nova Scotia is Latin for New Scotland.

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    charles ashworth February 9, 2021 at 5:21 am

    Been wanting to try three ships. Thanks for the review Ralphy

  32. Reply
    GlennForbes20 February 9, 2021 at 6:24 am

    Wish this was more available in the US. I was in the liquor store today, and found a Hampden 8 year old rum. It listed the ingredients, and stated no added color or sweetener. The bottle says 8 years of tropical aging was the equivalent of 25 years in a continental climate. Do you think that it’s a wee exaggeration?

  33. Reply
    John Grayland February 9, 2021 at 6:40 am

    Tasmania is part of Australia and their whiskies are overpriced on the mainland to.

  34. Reply
    Allan Segal February 9, 2021 at 7:47 am

    Thanks for the malt mention. That South African malt sounds intriguing. I see the Dalek sitting there. What do you think of the latest versions of Dr Who?

  35. Reply
    Marcel February 9, 2021 at 11:44 am

    Ralfy, very interesting to hear you are going to talk about independent bottlers, but what is going on here? I see blackadder is releasing nas whisky’s and the 86 proof collection of signatory vintage is chilfiltered.. should i buy those??

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    Willem Kilian February 9, 2021 at 2:04 pm

    Thanks for this review, it was very enjoyable. Three Ships is good stuff! The 10-year-old itself is also still a great dram. It's a shame that we don't get this particular expression here in SA, but I don't feel too bad about it seeing as we get our own Master's Collection bottlings annually. I plan on visiting the distillery in a couple of months, lockdown willing!

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    Michael Trollope February 9, 2021 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks for reviewing some of my hometown malt.
    Totally agree with you on the international spectrum, recently had some Israeli whiskey (Called honey and milk) was fantastic!

  38. Reply
    Simon Miller February 9, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    What about trying South African independent bottler Single & Single whiskies?

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