- Brand: Shelter Point
- ABV: 58.8%
OK now we are on to the actual KWM 2020 Whisky Advent Calendar entry for Day 15. Selected and bottled exclusively for KWM, this is 100% rye distilled in May 2009 and matured for 11 years in cask #346, for five years in Alberta and then another six years on Vancouver Island.
The colour is a dark amber. On the nose it's cigar box, burnt sugar and serious oak, big time. Slightly floral. Tannic. Lots of cloves. Roasted walnuts. Dark chili chocolate. With water, it's almost as if it has a port finish. Heavy and thick.
Heavy and thick on the palate too, with dark honey, vanilla pod and cocoa. Lots of balsamic. Big rye spice - and much spicier with water. Cognac-like. This is powerful stuff, but well balanced despite the high proof.
The finish is very long, vegetal, cinnamon and cloves. This is a completely different beast than the other two. Those Shelter Points were either single malt or grain, finished in Islay casks - they were quite different from each other but also had a few similarities. This rye, however, doesn't have the complexity or the elegance that they had - though it's more than drinkable, it's a big brute that needs to learn some manners.