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Shelter Point Single Cask “Patience Is A Virtue”

59.6% ABV - British Columbia, Canada

Nose: Sweet and malt flavours give way to red fruit, leather, honey, orange citrus, and some spices.

Taste: It’s fairly wood– and vanilla–forward, with some fruits and quite an ex-Bourbon (or should I say ex-Tennessee) feel to it.

Finish: The palate continues right on here with wood, brown sugar, and pecan showing strongest. There is a modest amount of heat expressing itself as ginger or chilli oil, unsurprising for cask strength!

I’ve been waiting patiently for Shelter Point’s single malt to creep up in age, and I am very happy to be drinking this 8-Year! And, if you could believe it, there is already a 9-Year single cask rye available at Kensington Wine Market in Calgary, AB… I hope that they have planned well and have ample stock slowly ageing to support these new expressions.

This was tasted side-by-side with Shelter Point The Collective. It’s actually quite hard to choose a favourite! If push came to shove, I would select The Collective as I find it to be a bit more unique compared to what is on the market right now versus this single cask, "Patience Is A Virtue". However, if I could only have one of those two Shelter Point bottles for the rest of my life, then I would choose this single cask release.

Although I didn’t get a whole wack of flavour, I feel it’s a stand-up dram… and it has some remarkable similarity to bourbon, at least for the descriptors. I will need to come back to this review after I’ve had a wee bit more from the bottle. I suspect that I need to spend a couple more thoughtful sessions like this one.

Details: 8-Year Single Malt Single Cask bottled for The Strath and The Union Club of BC. Distilled August 11, 2011. Ex-Tennesse Whisky Barrel #95. Bottle 133 of 180.

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

86/100
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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