Shelter Point Single Malt – WeeRock Exclusive 

This Shelter Point french oak Pinot Noir Finished Single Malt was bottled exclusively for the @weerockwhisky club at 57.5%ABV.

Here’s my take…

Colour: Rich Amber


Nose: A Crisp Autumn morning, all spice, honey, vanilla, orange, Sea salt and dark chocolate.

Palate: More Autumn spices and dried Orange peel, Charred marshmallow, caramelized sugar and burnt fruit leftover in the pie dish.

Finish: Long, lingering orange and dark chocolate, crème brûlée, bubble gum when the flavour is almost all gone.

Mouth Feel: Thick and creamy, mouth coating.

Paired with some festive sugar cookies straight from the oven!

Rating 8.9/10

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Shelter Point Smoke Point


Shelter Point Smoke Point is their “whisper of Islay” because it is finished in ex-Laphroaig barrels and that sunshine and sea air go into every bottle!

Bottled at 55% ABV.

Nose: Band-Aids and medicinal, salted toffee, hint of black licorice, wet cedar smoke.

Palate: Smooth, more medicinal, soft smoke from a salty beach fire.

Finish: Medium, from sweet to salt and then to distant smoke.

Rating: 9.0/10

Scotch Malt Whisky Society 4.242 Coastal Landscape with Smoke

SMWS 4.242 Coastal Landscape with Smoke, Highland Park 13-year-old is a single cask whisky which produced 262 bottles. This cask was bottled at a cask strength of 58% ABV and was distilled on January 17th, 2005 and put into an ex-bourbon refill hogshead. Here’s my take!

Nose: Vanilla, heathery peat smoke, smoldering sandalwood.

Palate: More floral peat smoke, ash, toasted marshmallows, burnt toffee, coffee and dark smoky chocolate.

Finish: Long and lingering smoke, burnt caramel, burnt match heads. Dries on the finish causing the mouth to water and crave another sip!

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society 66.155 Big on Bacon

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SMWS 66.155 Big on Bacon is cask strength, single cask, 8-year-old malt from Ardmore Distillery and as the name suggests… It’s Big on Bacon!

Bottled at 59.7% ABV.

Nose: Cured back bacon, Charred driftwood and smoldering seaweed.

Palate: More cured meat and smoldering driftwood beach fire with a salty fishnet.

Finish: A long exhale of a weathered fisherman’s pipe, more sweet cured bacon.

Rating: 9.5/10

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Scotch Malt Whisky Society G15.4 Thermonuclear Banana

G15.4 Thermonuclear Banana is a grain whisky from Loch Lomond Distillery called Rhosdhu.  Rather than being made of malted barley like single malt whiskies, this spirit is made with 100% unmalted barley.  This grain whisky was a gold medal winner at the Independent Bottlers Challenge in 2018.  It was aged for 10 years in a 2nd fill Hogshead and bottled at 58.3%ABV.  There were only 239 bottles available and are, most likely, hard to find today.

Nose: Fresh baked Banana Nut Bread and then wave after wave of tropical fruits.

Palate: Creamy mouth feel, A truck load of Bananas and nuts, fruit salad topped with heavy cream and honey.

Finish: Long, more tropical fruit and cookie dough.

Rating: 9.8/10 (And not peated to boot!)

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Springbank Longrow Peated Campbeltown Single Malt

Springbank Longrow, this delicious, well balanced whisky is bottled at 46%ABV, non chill filtered and no colour added.

Colour: Light Gold

Nose: Dutch double salted black licorice, crisp orchard fruit, a distant smoke.

Palate: More salted black licorice, pear and banana, and a perfectly roasted marshmallow on a smoldering driftwood beach fire.

Finish: Lingering candied pear with salted caramel drizzle.

Mouth feel: Creamy and light.


With water added

Nose: Smokey brine of an old fish net cast on the fire, light pear and tropical fruit

Palate: Well balanced, sweet, salt, bitter and smoke, Smoked pears with salted caramel.

Finish: Long, light smoke, hints of pears with cream.

What would I pair with this whisky? Hot pear crumble with French vanilla ice cream and toasted brown sugar on top.

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A.D Rattray Cask Collection – Staoisha

A.D. Rattray Staoisha (pronounced ‘Steesha’) is a single cask, 6-year-old peated expression from Bunnahabhain Distillery. This spirit forward whisky was bottled at a cask strength of 59.1% ABV from an ex-bourbon hogshead. Only half of the cask was bottled and released for sale, limiting this to only 155 bottles. Here is my take!

Nose: Black Forest ham, smoked mussels, and clams, raging beach fire.

Palate: Grilled pears, seared bacon wrapped scallops, intense burning peat bog.

Finish: Hugely peaty yet impressive balance of smoke, sweet, and salt.

Colour: Light straw…almost clear as new make spirit.

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