47% ABV - British Columbia, Canada
Nose: Warm spices, with a light amount of fruits, an earthy malting floor, and lemon cake.
Taste: Ripe nectarine and plum, layered on top of wood and caramels.
Finish: Rich spices, charred wood, and smoky stewed fruits with red wine.
I continue(!) to be impressed with the single malt coming out of Vancouver Island’s Shelter Point. I have seen an increase in chatter on social media channels regarding the quality they put out and Ripple Rock Whisky is another exceptional release for this growing distillery. It’s a 7-year old aged in American oak and finished for 18-months in Virgin Oak casks.
I have to admit that I didn’t find the chocolate as suggested in the tasting notes (see below), but, for my palate, it’s in the same region as the wood and dark fruits that I wrote down. (Having read the notes before purchasing, I was actually hoping for a stronger chocolate fix.)
Nonetheless, this here is another bottle that will be proudly displayed (on the shelving that is eventually built to house the collection).
Details: Batch #1. Aged for 7 years in American Oak and finished for 18 months in "alligator char" (level 4) Virgin Oak casks.
Tasting Notes (Official): On the nose, The Ripple Rock has distinct notes of vanilla with a slight chocolate note. The palate is spicy as with an intense chocolate flavor all leading to a wonderfully satisfying finish that is long with an assortment of spiciness, chocolate and vanilla.
Tasted 05 January 2021. (Posted 06 January 2021.)