Review: Shelter Point The Forbidden Single Malt Wheat Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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~5.5 yrs+; Ex-Bourbon Barrel
100% Canadian Malted Wheat
Distiller Shelter Point (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

A single malt wheat whisky! I’ve had loads of whiskies and quite a few wheat whiskies, but this is the first single malt wheat I’ve had. It is named after a local landmark, the “Forbidden Plateau”.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: 1

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2020

A sweet nose, still with that characteristic shelter point complexity which is almost a bit sourdough-like. Honey, grass, peaches, vanilla, oak, nutmeg, apricot, hay, and light bourbon notes. With time, I find butterscotch grows.

The palate is very clean, with a really nice, light, sweet oak background, with mixed wildflower honey, baking spices, and vanilla. A bit of oatmeal here and there, too. The finish is decent in length with fresh and dried peaches, light tannins, oak, vanilla, and a touch of notes reminding me of a stony mountain stream (I know…).

Quite delicious. I like it with just a touch of water.

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

Value: Average, nearly high, based on $68.

Review (2021)

  • Batch: 2

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2021

This is made just like batch 1, but it is a year older.

Immediately complex and deep off the nose - and the barrel character is really well balanced with the spirit. On the nose there is oak, coconut, spices, melon, yellow apples, cantaloupe, dried pineapple, and touches of honey. The palate is very easy, with sweet wheat, light bourbon notes, and some nice baking spices. The wheat character does come through (think of the sweet, wheat note as you bake with flour. Some nice touch of dried fruit – apricots and peaches too. The finish is slightly sweet and oaky

This goes down very easy…maybe too easy for a casual dram. I like it more than the first batch, which was also great.

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Par for the course, in terms of what you are looking for quality-wise at $80.