Review: Shelter Point Single Cask Peat Finish / by Jason Hambrey

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5 years ex-bourbon; finished in ex-laphroaig quarter casks for 18 months
100% Single Malt
Distiller Shelter Point (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

This whisky is finished in ex-laphroaig cask. The now-very-popular release of “Smoke Point” is a 50% version - this is a single barrel, at cask strength. The influence from the laphroaig casks is, well, amazing and unsurprising.

The fourth official single cask from Shelter Point.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: Edition #4

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2020

The nose has pear, loads of minerality, and it’s quite spicy and oily. It has a nice grainy and tannic edge to it – even on the nose. Nice rich medicinal, earthy notes – with not a whole lot to contrast but some pear, peach, and clove that really create tension. Oh, and yes – smoke on the nose. The palate has pear, wet earth, dried apricot, caramel, pumpernickel (I know!), vanilla, and dark cacao. As with laphroaig, the heaviness of the spirit is balanced just perfectly with some sweet vanilla. Oddly, for what I find is a suppressed nose the palate just shines. Just delicious. The finish has a decent bit of oak, smoke, earth, canned apricot, and almond. And more.

This works really well with added water as well.

Given how good Smoke Point batch 2 was, I actually didn’t think they could do better. Wrong! My favourite of the three.

Very Highly Recommended (19% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High at $85.