Ever since a whisky sampling companion picked up this Shelter Point mini in BC, I’ve been ridiculously impatient to try it. My previous experience with Shelter Point has been very positive – there is something just so enjoyable about their single malt that is simply comforting – the exact dram you want to settle down and relax with.
And this one? Just like our other minis, it plays with a finish… in this case quite unique – after maturing in French oak casks, it was finished in a blackberry wine from Coastal Black Estate Winery near Mount Washington in the Comox valley on Vancouver Island. I was last in the area for a cousin’s wedding and can attest to it being a truly beautiful part of Canada.
And while I’ve never had their blackberry wine, I couldn’t wait to try what it did to this Shelter Point whisky.
Shelter Point Double Barrelled 50%
- Nose – Wow! Blackberry compote, black wine gummy, light spice, a cassis kir, nice dark berry, almost like a rich port, with a bit of sourness too. Very interesting, juicy fruity without being overly sweet with a very natural quality, jammy, fermented barley sugars, a bit dusty like a granary, creamy, salted caramel banana, peanut brittle, vanilla
- Palate – Spice cinnamon bark, while has character it was quite linear from palate to finish, some light sweet fruit
- Finish – A simple yet nice black raspberry finish that just gentle rides off into the sunset
- Water – While there is a more character without water, it is good to try with… the water dampens down the nose. As it settled the berries came out even more… just needed a bit of coaxing. Really quite nice, softer and revealing that wonderful “enveloping you like a comfortable blanket” quality which makes Shelter Point so enjoyable
We set it aside and returned to chocolate chips, a wonderful mandarin or clementine perfumed orange.
And what do the folks at Shelter Point have to say?
Our first Double Barreled Whisky is a special collaboration with Vancouver Island’s Coastal Black Estate Winery. We hand-selected two of our best Single Malt Whisky casks and finished them in two French Oak wine barrels, previously home to Coastal Black’s Blackberry Wine. Aged in our American Oak for six years, and then finished for 1126 hours in the flavourful French Oak, Shelter Point Double Barreled Whisky is a sensational marriage of spirits.
- A nose of brandied bananas, sweet toffee and caramel, with a marvelous hint of lemon sherbet and tobacco leaf.
- Salted caramel continues to the palate alongside golden treacle and a dash of white pepper.
- With water you can find youth in Jolly Rancher sweets, cola, and a creamy vanilla finish.
Our fabulous finishes minis eve included:
- Glen Scotia Double Cask 46%
- Nomad Outland Whisky 41.3%
- Shelter Point Double Barrelled 50% (this post)
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