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.
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.
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.
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.