- Brand: Shelter Point
- ABV: 46%
Shelter Point's single malt is double distilled and, like all their whiskies, is non-coloured and non-chill-filtered.
The colour is a pale gold, a bit brighter than the Lot 141. The nose is very much like a young North American single malt: the sweetness of cotton candy and lemon drops, with that zing of citrus and the slightest lashing of wood. Some orange peel, green apple skins and a hint of caramel. Water brings out some wood smoke and floral notes. Very nice though not that distinctive.
A bit more exciting on the palate - with that youthful vigour - more citrus fruits (lime shows up to join the party), herbal (mint, dill) and a shade of vanilla. Spicier with water. Very pleasant, and its youth works in its favour.
The finish features developing spices with wood shavings, lemon pith and more herbs. This is mouth-watering in it's reliance on citrus to lead the way; though it is tasty it is a bit too one-note. Nevertheless, it's fun to drink and, like the grain I reviewed before, hints at potential greatness to come. Comparing these two side-by-side is a bit pointless as they are very different. Though both young, the grain is creamier and more muscular, whereas the malt is sprightly and zesty.