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Shelter Point Double Barreled 4th Release Old Vines Foch

50% ABV - British Columbia, Canada

Nose: Dark fruits, plums, raisins, spices, and light earthy, chocolate notes.

Taste: Red fruits, a grain sweetness, hints of cranberry, and lots of spices leading into the finish.

Finish: Spices – slightly peppery, with lasting dried fruits and red fruit compote.

This was my first whisky purchase of 2020 – indeed it was on the 1st of January! I really enjoy drinking Shelter Point whisky and, in particular, their Double Barreled range. This is the fourth Double Barreled release and the first one to be finished in ex-Maréchal Foch wine casks – described as a wine with intense flavours from ripe cherry, vanilla, and coffee, to tobacco and sweet earth.

This whisky really does impart strong wine vibes; from the nose right through to the finish, it has me guessing that the finishing casks were really fresh. Even for the relatively short finishing period of 152 days, I find that it has a strong influence on the base single malt. Shelter Point is only a moderately short ferry ride and, combined, a five hours drive to Quails’ Gate winery – same-day shipping!

I have managed to collect all the Double Barreled releases, except for the ex-Blackberry Wine casks release that I had just missed from their inaugural 2017 release. I am enjoying this one alongside the third release, an ex-Pinot Noir wine cask finish. Buy on sight! Shelter Point Double Barreled is great value.

Details: Malted and unmalted barley aged 4 Years in American Oak before being finished for 152 Days in Quails’ Gate Old Vines Foch wine casks. Bottle Number 151 of 1644. Bottled 2019.

Tasting Notes (Official): Nose: Dark chocolate, cherries, almonds and marzipan. Stewed fruits, oak and rum raisins followed by a selection of wine gums. Palate: Sweet, stewed fruits with oak and nutty chocolate. Finish: A warm lingering finish with fruit and nuts.

Tasted 21 February 2020. (Posted 21 February 2020.)

93/100
Detailed Rating Information...

90+: Fantastic whisky; highly recommended. My favourite whiskies. I might have more than one bottle if the price is right and the supply is limited! The higher values in this range will reflect a stronger balance and consistency between components.
85-89: Great whisky; recommended. Whiskies that really tick the flavour boxes and you'll likely hear about these from me. Good purchase decision—I would consider buying again.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would order at a restaurant or make a calculated purchase decision.
75-79: Good whisky; consider trying before you buy. These are whiskies that I enjoyed drinking, but likely would reach for another bottle from the shelf or select something different to order.
65-74: Average; consider trying before you buy, but not recommended. There is nothing that stood out about this whisky and I might be inclined to add ice, mix it with soda, or use it in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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