Last in our Shelter Point quartet from BC, Canada was their 2018 Cask Strength expression. Travelling from the west coast of Canada to Manitoba, the Manitoba to Maharashtra India, this quartet was a gift from the distillery to our Mumbai based tasting groups.
First up was the Whisky Ladies, followed by the Original tasting group and then for the last remaining drops an informal evening with a couple friends.
Here is what the Whisky Ladies had to say…
Shelter Point Artisanal Cask Strength (2018) 58.7%
- Nose – Farm sweet, unripe avocado, smooth, citrus and camomile
- Palate – Fruity with a bit of spice, some ginger, smooth, bright
- Finish – Star anise, long and sweet
- Water – We debated about this – to add or not. In the end those that did add were a bit disappointed whereas those who kept it water free, continued to enjoy their whisky full strength
Overall, what did we think? We found it quite sophisticated, we loved its character and sheer joyfulness. There was also a nice spiciness too that gave it a terrific kick.
We revisited it after some time and found it was full of sugar icing, vanilla, baking goodies and a tasty vanilla milkshake. Yum!
And then two weeks later with our original Mumbai group?
- Nose – Some lovely classic notes that comes with a proper cask strength, complex, honey sweet, grape or linseed oil, perfume vanilla, sweet bubble gum, maple sugar cookies, red twizzlers, hair oil
- Palate – Sweet and spice – one remarked how it is the distinctive Rye spice, a bit earthy, and at the centre – yum! Almost yolky
- Finish – Just like the nose – fruity…
This one had the most diverse aromas… not an easy whisky, yet endearingly “cheerful” amidst its complexity and layers.
And a further revisit with a few friends a few days later was a different experience:
- Nose – It began with a kicking spice, lots more “whisky”, then coconut marzipan, effervescent
- Palate – Spices, quite “manly” with a bitter walnut, nougat, again a distinctly “rye” element but very balanced
- Finish – Had a nice “oomph!”, black pepper, a bit bitter
We found the whisky kept changing the more it was in the glass, quite quixotic, teasing… so we decided to add water. Wow!
- Nose – Toasted coconut, lime, lavender, herbal, flowers
- Palate – Dark grapes, marmalade, chocolate
- Finish – Heightened the bitter chewy quality chased with a hint of salt
I started to think of a quintessentially Canadian bar beverage made with Canadian “Rye” whiskey (aka a blend with a generous element of rye) and ginger ale. And while I was never a “Rye and Ginger” gal, I found myself pulling the bottle out of the whisky cabinet, pouring a generous dram, throwing a few large chunks of ice into the glass and topping with a healthy splash of cold ginger ale. Delicious!
The folks over at Shelter Point shared:
To create this limited edition cask strength whisky, we selected two casks of triple-distilled unmalted Shelter Point barley and combined these with two casks of rye, creating an incredibly rich and spicy whisky. Decadent, complex and intense, this blend will surprise you with layer after layer of flavour.
- Shelter Point Cask Strength Whisky is fragrant on the nose with apricots, rum raisins and sticky toffee pudding.
- The palate is sweet and warming with candied ginger, nougat, honey blossom and pineapple.
- The satisfying finish is incredibly long with an assortment of spices, cherry wood and salt.
- Still: Custom-designed copper pot still
- Base: 50% unmalted barley and 50% rye
- Distillation: Small-batch, 3x distilled
- Spirit: Natural colour and non-chill filtered
- Alcohol Content: Bottled at 58.7% Alc.Vol
Bottom line? It absolutely works!
Here is what else we tried in our Shelter Point 2018 Quartet, courtesy of the cool cats over at the distillery:
- Artisanal Single Malt (2018) 46%
- Montfort District Lot 141 Grain (2018) 46%
- Double Barrelled French Oak Cask Finish Single Malt (2018) 50%
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