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Shelter Point Ripple Rock Whisky

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.)

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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