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Shelter Point Montfort 151

46% ABV - British Columbia, Canada

Nose: Opening up with a malty sweetness pouring over citrus and warm spices. There is oak, toffee, and a bourbon-vanilla hit in the background.

Taste: Bold malt, wood spices, and fruits, with a sweet backbone. Time was the friend with this dram. Hints of tart red currant and dried plum amongst the fruits.

Finish: The spices continue through and this ends fairly sweet, with some fruit and wood spices in the mix. A small measure of heat, which water eliminates. Medium length.

This is Shelter Point’s second release of a single farm, single malt whisky! I had a sample of Shelter Point Montfort 141 from a good (best) friend of mine, and I remember liking it but not loving it. It would be really interesting to be able to taste them side-by-side… hard to compare with memory, but I believe that I am enjoying this one more.

The Montfort 151 got more pleasing as time went on. The nose was great throughout, but I felt that the palate was missing depth and initially was very simple—after some time this changed and more flavour emerged.

When writing this review, Montfort 151 was tasted side-by-side with the Artisinal Single Malt (c.2020), and I found that Montfort 151 is less sweet and has a richer flavour with more spices—it’s also my favourite of the two.

Details: Grown at Montfort District Lot 151. Latitude: 49.876166°, Longitude: -125.126368°.

Tasting Notes (Official): On the nose, Montfort DL 151 has distinct notes of vanilla fudge, dried fruits and hazelnut. The palate is honed and herbaceous with a luxurious assortment of dark chocolate cherries, leading to a warming spicy finish, with lingering oak and almond nougat.

Tasted 06 December 2020. (Posted 07 December 2020.)

85/100
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. Great bottles to have stocked at all times.
80-84: Very good whisky; recommended, but still consider trying before you buy. Anything is this range or above I would gladly order at a restaurant or buy a bottle.
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 mix it with soda or in a cocktail, instead of trying to enjoy its own flavours.
50-64: Bad; not recommended.


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