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The Story of Three Ships

Three Ships is an internationally acclaimed label and a symbol of the pioneering spirits of South Africa. Pioneers have always forged the way forward for others and Captain James Sedgwick, after whom our premium whisky distillery in Wellington is named, was one such pioneer. He sailed to the Cape of Storms as the master of the clipper, Undine in 1850 and established J. Sedgwick & Co., purveyor of quality liquor, tobacco and cigars. The rest, as they say, is history.

Today, over two centuries later, the now 'state-of-the-art' James Sedgwick Distillery which is situated at the foot of the Limietberg Mountains in Wellington is home to this 10yo award winning whisky - the preferred choice for connoisseurs with a taste for the extraordinary.


The James Sedgwick Distillery is a pioneer in its own right as it is unusual for a whisky distillery to produce both malt and grain whiskies on the same site. With more than 70 000 casks of whisky in maturation any given time, the distillery handles the entire whisky making process - from raw material stage through to blending.

Back in 2003, the first South African single malt whisky was released in the form of Three Ships 10 Year Old. This limited-release earned a gold medal at the 2007 International Wine and Spirits Competition and showed the world that South Africa and Three Ships were serious about their whisky.

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