Review: Shelter Point "Classic" Canadian Single Malt Whisky (Strath Liquor Store Exclusive) / by Jason Hambrey

~7 yrs; Ex-Tennessee Whisky Barrel
100% Canadian Malted Barley
Distiller Shelter Point (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

This whisky, distilled in 2011, is a cask-strength exclusive for the Strath whisky store in Victoria. It is a single cask….and it is rather excellent. 120 bottles produced.

Review (2018)

  • Batch: “Classic” for the Strath, distilled 2011

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2018

Interesting – spicy, grainy, with nice dried fruit integrated throughout. This is so rich, one of the richer Shelter Points I’ve tried – and one of the better ones. It’s quite refined, bordering on elegance - and big.  The dried fruit just blossoms in the glass as it sits, but with other fruits coming forward too – apple juice, strawberry and black currant too. The palate is loaded with spice, fruit, and brown sugar.

Highly Recommended (48% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). Just terrific stuff…perhaps my second favourite Shelter Point to date (after the Strath’s other whisky, Avant-Garde Barley).

Value: Average. Very nice whisky, but still at a price ($110).