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The History of Whisky in South Africa

Three Ships Whisky History

When Andy Watts – the former distillery manager/master distiller at the James Sedgwick Distillery – gave this presentation at a masterclass at Whisky & Spirits Live 2017 in Johannesburg a week ago, I just knew that it demanded a larger audience. With Andy’s kind permission, I am able to share it with all of you. […]


Candice Baker, Whisky Brand Ambassador

Candice Baker - brand ambassador for the Edrington Portfolio of Whiskies in SA

Candice Baker, brand ambassador for The Macallan, Highland Park and Famous Grouse in South Africa, is a busy woman. Recently I was lucky enough to get a slot in Candice Baker’s hectic schedule to find out a bit more about her, her role and thoughts about whisky and the whisky industry. This is the first […]


The spiritual home of Three Ships and Bain’s Whisky celebrates 125 years

Arriving at the James Sedgwick Distillery

Wispy white clouds drifting across an azure sky greeted us as we arrived in Cape Town a few days ago. Marc (WhiskyBrother) and I had been invited down to attend the 125th anniversary celebrations of the James Sedgwick Distillery, home of my beloved Three Ships and Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky. A short commute later, we […]


Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish Whisky Gets a Facelift

Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish Metal Tin - Ooh, shiny!

I was browsing through my local bottle store last week, looking for a nice whisky to take home when my eyes fell on a shiny black tin that caught my attention immediately. Then I saw the embossed Three Ships logo. Ah, it was the facelifted Three Ships Bourbon Cask Finish! Now I have a full […]


Is South Africa Ready for Ale Cask Whisky?

Grant's Ale Cask Whisky

I hang out on Twitter quite a bit. There are tons of knowledgeable whisky folk that share their tasting notes, thoughts and impressions of their favourite drams. There is also a lot of interaction with many of the whisky distilleries, brands and online retailers. It was while reading through all these tweets that I started […]


Whisky tasting with South African flavour

In the past few weeks I’ve made a concerted effort to track down a bottle of Three Ships 10 Year Old Single Malt, after reading good reviews and hearing about it’s recent awards at the IWSC. Scouring local bottle stores proved fruitless, so I turned to the web. After some deft keystrokes I found myself […]