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Shelter Point The Forbidden

49.8% ABV - British Columbia, Canada

Nose: No doubt this is a sweet dram! Corn oil, grains, light fruits, cereal, and graham cracker clamour up the walls of the glass. Lesser so, there is pear, white wine, melon, and light citrus. An impressive number of flavours, but all remaining very soft.

Taste: Unsurprisingly, it’s very sweet. An oily-creamy mouthfeel, with grains, cereal, honeyed bread, and malty spices. I couldn’t discern as much here as I did on the nose. It’s quite delicate.

Finish: More grains, more cereal, lemon-oil, very light citrus, dry grasses, and light florals. Medium-short.

This is a Shelter Point like none other. Made entirely of malted wheat! The sweetness is quite strong and there is only a remnant of what I think to be the house flavour. If you would serve me this blind, I’d have a hard time guessing it came from the distillery in Campbell River, British Columbia.

Shelter Point has definitely increased the number of releases per year (at least, that’s what it feels like). Thankfully, they aren’t boring releases; there are quite a few interesting and unique experiments released in these small batches. My favourites have been from the Double Barreled line (ex-wine finishes), and the recent Smoke Point that was finished for about a year in ex-Laphroaig casks.

I am really happy to share this one with friends alongside other Shelter Point releases. This is an excellent interjection in any flight of whisky, especially those that are dominant with malted barley as the ingredient.

Details: Bottle Number 445 of 687. 100% wheat whisky.

Tasting Notes (Official): The Forbidden whisky is sweet, medicinal and subtle on the nose. The palate is sweet caramel, vanilla and slightly honeyed. The satisfying finish is a delicious combination of a slight spiciness and almonds nougat.

Tasted 08 November 2020. (Posted 17 November 2020.)

84/100
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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