Review: Shelter Point The Collective Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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5-8 years; Refill, ex-wine, and ex-laphroaig
A blend of barley and wheat whiskies
Distiller Shelter Point (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

This whisky was created to honour five shelter point staff, who each selected a cask (yielding about 1000 total bottles). Unchillfiltered and natural colour. The casks were a mix of 5-6 year old whiskies. What a mix:

  • wheat whisky, ex-bourbon cask

  • single malt, ex-bourbon cask

  • single malt, ex-bourbon then finished for 2 years in virgin oak casks

  • single malt, ex-bourbon then finished in ex-Laphroaig casks for 18 months

  • unmalted barley whisky, ex-bourbon then finished in ex-Laphroaig casks for 18 months

With that mix, I have no idea what that will taste like. Let’s see.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: Edition #1

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2020

Very green, spicy, oily – all sorts of notes. Blackberries, blueberry yoghurt, honey, almonds, granola, baking bread, teff, salted caramel, apple oatmeal, oak, mint, and a touch of smoke. What a nose! The taste builds in lots more smoke, more honey, and has a smooth and integrated character. Texture is great, and the way that the wheat plays off the malt is terrific. The finish is fascinating, with everything from smoke, ocean turf, and alpine streams (the fresh, mineral character). A new direction for shelter point whiskies, for sure!

Fascinating! What a variation on the classic Shelter Point. It’s amazing how well the wine cask plays with the peat, wheat, and heavier oak character. Excellent, unique, interesting. Those staff can pick out some casks again!

One of my favourite shelter points ever, I think. 46% is perfect for it, too.

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

Value: Very high at $74.