Review: Shelter Point Cask Strength Single Malt (Wee Rock Whisky Club) / by Jason Hambrey

Shelter Point Wee Rock 2.jpg
8 years; Pinot Noir Finish
100% Canadian Malted Barley
Distiller Shelter Point (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

Many distilleries allow clubs or individuals to buy their own cask, and it’s a fun experience where one is typically able to select a cask from a number that you can taste. Then, you get something you had a hand in picking and which is uniquely your own. This was a cask selection by the Wee Rock Whisky club, a cask strength pinot noir-finished Shelter Point. I like these wine finishes on Shelter Points, especially at cask strength.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: Cask SF21

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

The nose is quite full of wine, accompanied also by lots of baking spices, distinct shelter point malt character – that slightly sour note with almost sourdough-type richness, chocolate, caramel, maple, almond, raisin, and red pepper jelly. The nose evolves very nicely with time. The palate is very rich as well – quite cask driven, with loads of dark fruits, red currants, baking spice, light milk chocolate, and blanched almonds. The finish is rich, woody, and spicy – and slightly sour: oak, custard, vanilla, clove, nutmeg, coconut water, cacao, and some mixed berry jam. The fruit evolves and develops on the finish, and is quite pleasant. Overall, not as hot as you would expect at the strength (even compared to other wine finished Shelter Points that I have tasted).

Quite a nice whisky, and the price for the club came out to be extremely competitive. However, this cask isn’t as good as the previous few distillery releases or the Wine & Beyond cask, in my opinion. But, at the price that was paid, there would be no hesitation on my part to partake again.

Highly Recommended (49% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Very high, at the price that was paid.