During my last trip to Canada, the kind folks from Shelter Point not only sent a bottle of their rather enjoyable single malt…. they also sent along this gem too.
However I was in a quandary… how to bring back when I was already over my allowance with the Shelter Point Single Malt, G&W and No 99 Red Cask?
Galloping to the rescue was a dear friend, more like a brother… who is also originally from Winnipeg… who’s mother just happened to be coming to Mumbai before the close of 2017. Shameless about getting interesting drams into India, she was asked… my folks dropped off this with a few other small goodies from Canada and this bottle made its way to Mumbai, India in time for our “O Canada!” celebration of Canadian whiskies.
Now I’m not normally a sweet liqueur kind of person… however one can always make an exception! And it seemed fitting to have a little treat with our desert after sampling our whiskies, quaffing our meal… to relax a bit longer…
So what did we think?
- Nose – Christmas in a bottle! Chock full of warm marmalade, sweet spices, curling maple candy
- Palate – Sweet yet not cloyingly so, lovely to slowly sip
- Finish – A light lovely dancing sweet spice remains
In short, we loved it! Overall there is a whimsical, lyrical quality to this liqueur. And it is an absolutely perfect sipping accompaniment to a rich chocolaty desert or Christmas pudding.
For those unfamiliar, Shelter Point makes artisanal spirits on the west coast of Canada… more specifically near Oyster River on Vancouver Island. They either grow their own barley or source from other local farmers, passionate about creating quality something authentically local.
Here is what the folks over at Shelter Point have to say:
Perhaps if you saw the sunlight dance on the ocean waves near our farm, you’d wonder too: if you could bottle sunshine, what would it taste like? We thought about it and were determined to find out. Our answer: Sunshine Liqueur. Created in 2016, Sunshine is a small-batch, specialty blend of Canadian spirits and pure Canadian maple syrup coupled with a selection of natural extracts bursting with flavour. We call our signature blend, Orange Spice Maple.
Orange Spice Maple: This rich, copper liqueur combines the aromas of fresh oranges, sweet vanilla mandarin and honey maple. Its palate is smooth and sweet, with zesty citrus undertones and a warm finish.
What else did we have in our “O Canada” 150th Celebration?
- Manitoba – Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye 45%
- Ontario – Gooderham & Worts Four Grains Canadian Whisky 44.4%
- Ontario – Wayne Gretzky No 99 Red Cask Whisky 40%
- British Columbia – Shelter Point Single Malt Whisky 46% (Batch 2, 2017?)