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The northernmost distillery in Scotland, Wolfburn was founded in the town of Thurso, Caithness in 1821 by William Smith. This successful commercial enterprise produced roughly 1,25,000 litres of spirit in 1826, making it one of the largest producers in Scotland at the time. Named after the watercourse it drew from, `burn’ being the Scots word for stream or small river, Wolfburn distillery was kept in the Smith family until at least the 1850s, when the production appears to have ceased.
In May 2011, the current founders travelled to Thurso in search of the old Wolfburn distillery, but with 150 years of neglect, everything was in ruins except for the flow of Wolf Burn. A short walk downstream, and the team found a beautiful land carpeted with thistles, that was purchased in May 2012, and on the 25th January 2013, the new spirit started to flow, just a short walk from the old site towards the sea, but still drew its water from the Wolf Burn.
Using un-peated malt the stillmen of Wolfburn distillery today are crafting the latest incarnation of Wolfburn whisky from a blank canvas by pot still distillation the old way; no automation, no rush and a lot of care. A variety of casks continue to be filled with new Wolfburn spirit and are laid down in the warehouses to mature. Some will remain there for many years to come and it will be a while yet before the first bung is extracted to see what the cold air of the north shore has delivered for the next generation of Wolfburn drinkers.
46% Abv - 700ml
Long fermentation of 75 hours, slow gentle distillation, and maturation in ex-Islay quarter casks made from Spanish and American oak, makes this expression a truly exceptional dram.
Tasting Notes: The nose is fruit and malty, with a trace of peat smoke in the background. On the palate, apart from the sweet, nutty tones, hint of honey coat the tongue with a slightly pleasant flavor of peat smoke. This rounded whisky is impressively complex for a young whisky, and the finish is bitter chocolate sweet, with a trace of peat.