Review: Shelter Point Cask Strength Single Malt (Wine & Beyond) / by Jason Hambrey

Pinot Noir Finish
100% Canadian Malted Barley
Distiller Shelter Point (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

This was one of my favourite whiskies in the 2020 Canadian Whisky Awards – indeed, tied for 5th. I really loved it in the blind tasting (which included well over 100 Canadian whiskies). A lot of these cask selections from Shelter Point, especially the wine finishes, are excellent.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: 2019 Selection for Wine & Beyond (Alberta)

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2019

The complex nose is thick with oak, fresh berries, clove, red pepper jelly, banana, apple juice, orange, red pepper jelly, and a youthful spice note to it. The palate is complex, with vanilla, oak, lots of fruit, fruit jams and lots of spice. A light oxidized, almost sherry-like, character gives a brilliant depth and savoury character to the whisky. The finish is spicy, with lost of dried fruit. Very flavourful and well put together – yummy!

As it sits in the glass, the dried fruit notes really bloom and the spicy fruitcake and raisin character on the palate shines. The finish becomes sticky, sweet, and spicy, in the best of possible ways.

Worth a purchase, if you can find it!

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

Value: Average (based on $100).