Three Ships awarded international gold
Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish, the only 100% South African blended whisky, won gold and Best In Class at the prestigious 2008 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC), it was announced in London today (June 17).
Ranked against a broad spectrum of whiskies produced outside of Scotland, its gold medal is the whisky’s first major accolade since its launch in 2005, building on the tradition of quality established by the brand's existing award winning range of 3 and 5-year-old whiskies.
Desiree Ngema, brand manager, says the Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish has shown its capacity to perform with distinction against the world’s leading competitors. “The award draws attention to South Africa as a major international player and strengthens our reputation as a producer of superior quality whisky.
“The Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish has already captured the interest of discerning whisky drinkers domestically. Favoured for its lighter style it has shown considerable growth over the past few years.”
Produced at South Africa’s very own James Sedgwick Distillery in Wellington, the whisky can be described as having a soft honeyed, delicate sweetness with vanilla notes which are complimented by subtle hints of pepper & spice.
According to master distiller Andy Watts “It is an ideal whisky to be enjoyed at any time and the hint of sweetness may make it even more appealing to a wider range of previously non whisky drinkers.
“The different whiskies were matured for a minimum of 3 years before being selected for a further marriage period of 6 months in the American Oak wood which makes up the bourbon cask”.
The Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish whisky retails for about R105 per bottle.
DATE: 17 June 2008
ISSUED BY: De Kock Communications (DKC)
ON BEHALF OF: Three Ships
ENQUIRIES: Andy Watts, master distiller, Three Ships (021) 873 1161
Desiree Ngema, brand manager, Three Ships (021) 809 7000
Linda Strydom, DKC (021) 422 2690