A memorable whisky experience with Three Ships

A memorable whisky experience with Three Ships

Last night I had the pleasure of attending The Three Ships Pinotage Finish Cask Launch in the busty interior design district of Kramer Ville. I must admit, when I initially got the invite I thought the event would a large gathering filled with media people and whiskey enthusiasts mingling and making small talk over work and their preferred whisky pairing but I was pleasantly surprised and taken aback when I entered the venue and all I could see was PINK!

The evening had two entertaining parts to it. There was the waiting area where all guests got to meet each other and enjoy some complimentary  drinks and  mouth watering canpes.

Once all the guest had arrived and everyone got acquainted, it was time for the main event. We were ushered to another room that was hidden behind a huge body of white draping and we were wow’d at what we just laid our eyes on. A beautifully decorated table awaited us and we were swiftly taken to our seats ….and so it finally began.

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The MC politely instructed us to take our headphones and put them on. Looking around at each other in confusion , we did as we were instructed and the room suddenly went dark and our tables lit up.  A projection presentation of the brand and how Three Ships manufactures their Whisky dazzled in front of us, the ear phones provided sound effects and narrative of the story being told beneath us. It was creative to say the least and left us in complete awe and me wishing it didn’t end. To think this was just the beginning made me look forward to the rest of the evening.

 a variety of red wine grape grown in South Africa, produced by crossing Pinot Noir and other varieties.
Three Ships Whisky is the first to launch a whisky finished in a cask previously used for the maturation of Pinotage – the uniquely South African wine cultivar cloned in 1925 by Abraham Izak Perlod. I must admit, I’m not a big whisky drinker but learning what scents to look out for and how to mix it with water to adapt it to my palette was fascinating and I let myself go to the whole experience.

With only 3500 bottles of the 4000 bottles available for purchase by the public, the Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Cask Finish is the oldest whisky to date launched in South African history and crafted by Master Distiller Andy Watts, who sought to capture the unique heritage of South Africa in creating this rich, complex and unique whisky.

The wine casks imparted the typical Pinotage varietal character of red berry fruit and a slight earthiness to the whisky which softens the malt component and complements the sweetness of the grain. With a red berry tinge the whisky is light in style with prominent cherry, plum, tropical fruit and the typical Pinotage earthy notes on the nose. The palate is clean with hints of the banana and pineapple ending with a lingering warm finish.

The Three Ships 15 Year Old Pinotage Cask Finish is the second release in the Master’s Collection series which, over the next few years, will see a limited edition being launched each year under the Three Ships brand.

Once we had worked up an appetite it was time for the main course. A delicious plate of Trompette Crusted Fillet of Beef served with cauliflower puree, baby vegetables , black pepper and liquorice jus .
To end off , we were severed  a chocolate Torte with Summer berries which was a an explosion of flavours filled with Gorgonzola torte with pistachio syrup, Three Ships Whisky ice-cream and fresh summer berries.
This was definitely one of my favorite events, what a enjoyable and memorable experience and I feel honored to have been part of it all. I will definitely be trying more of the Three Ships Whisky range!
As Rihanna said, ‘This Whisky got me feeling pretty’ , can you tell?

Consumers will have the chance to purchase one of the first 500 bottles on 5 October during a live, online sale by visiting www.themasterscollection.co.za starting at 12pm. During the sale, consumers will also have the opportunity to interact with Andy Watts by posing questions to him on @ThreeShips_MC (www.twitter.com/threeships_mc).


The remainder of the whisky will be available from 8 October, World Pinotage Day, until stocks last from selected retailers, www.vinoteque.co.za, at The James Sedgwick Distillery and from Big Five Duty Free stores.


The whisky will retail for R1 500 per bottle.


Hashtag: #PinotageCaskFinish


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