Review: Shelter Point Single Triple Grain Single Cask Canadian Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

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7 yrs
50% Malted Barley, 25% Unmalted Barley, 25% Rye
Distiller Shelter Point (Vancouver Island, British Columbia)

Shelter Point has done a great job with their single cask releases - they’ve all been good, and they’ve all been quite different from one another. This is no exception. This whisky was created from a blend of malted barley, unmalted barley, and rye whisky that was aged in an ex-bourbon cask and then a French oak wine barrel from Coast Black winery for 18 months. To my eye, one of the darkest whiskies released by Shelter Point even though it’s only bottled at 43%.

Review (2020)

  • Batch: Single Cask Edition 5

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: 2020

A very interesting nose – orange fanta, cola, orange peel, oak, baking spices, coconut, lemon peel – this is all over the place and I wouldn’t even recognize it as Shelter Point blind, I don’t think. The palate shows coffee, sweet oak, baking spice, chicory, caramel, almond, dried fruit, maple, and then finishes with some more chicory, caramel, spice cake, and a touch of smoky, charred wood. The French oak might be making me imagine it – but it does taste like there is some wine influence here. The acidity is slightly present and gives it a nice light zip.

Recommended (81% of whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: Average, based on $82.