Some of these whiskies have been showing up at the LCBO, and since I can't resist something new and unusual I had to try them. I thought I would share my opinions and see if anyone else has any thoughts on these.
Three Ships 5 year old: Blended whisky from the james Sedgewick distillery (43%). Contains South African grain and Scotch malt. Pretty hard-tasting with a strong peaty note and a nice rich body. Tastes a little young but pretty good for the price.
Bain's Cape Mountain whisky: another 5 year old from James Sedgewick, this one is a single grain whisky double-matured in first-fill bourbon oak (also 43%). Canadian in style, very nice with vanilla, toffee apple and cinnamon spice. Smooth, silky body with a surprisingly rich taste. With so many countries copying the Scottish method it's nice to see a foreign take on the Canadian style.
Pretty impressed by these guys so far.