Review: Shelter Point Montfort 151 Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Shelter Point Distillery.

Image courtesy of Shelter Point Distillery.

French and American Oak; ~5.5 yrs old
100% Unmalted Barley
Distiller Shelter Point (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

The Montfort DL 151 is another single-field barley product, like the Montfort DL 141 Series. The whisky, thus, is made from a single field and one of the rare whiskies which actually explore terroir at a detailed level (generally, terroir is not that applicable to whisky). The field is near both forested land and the ocean. I think this stuff is just terrific.

Review (2020)

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  • Bottling Date: 2020

Rich toasted wood notes, dried fruit, vibrant plum, pear, baking spice, red pepper jelly, hazelnut, vanilla, coconut grassy notes – the palate brings these all together with some added, sharp nuttiness, and a real woody richness. It develops nicely with time. The finish is woody, with caramel notes, dried stone fruit, light acidity, hibiscus tea, dried apple, and oats. A bit candied, too.

Different than Montfort 141, for sure. This one seems a bit richer, more on the hazelnut side of nuttiness (141 is more on the almond side), and grassier…the 141 has more orchard fruit as opposed to richer, dried fruit in the 151. But, perhaps beyond the point – single field whiskies are among the most exciting things happening in whisky at the moment.

It's a touch longer in the French oak than I would have chosen to finish it, but really, this is a minimal complaint. Yet, the French oak does really complement the whisky.  I really enjoy this stuff.

Very Highly Recommended (18% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher). From a pure taste perspective, this might be more along the lines of a „highly recommended” but given the interesting „single field” whisky, I can’t help but bump this up a level. This is worth trying.

Value: Very high at $55.