Wolfburn the northernmost distillery in Scotland (on the mainland).
This lightly peated whisky is made from malted barley infused with smoke during the drying process.
The flavour imparted by the smoke is a reflection of Wolfburn’s history –
the original 19th Century distillery was largely fired by peat. Gentle distillation is followed
by maturation in our purpose-built warehouses.
The result is a beautifully smooth and rounded whisky.
On the nose, initially smoky with hints of fruit and fresh sea air, accompanied by vanilla and oak woodshavings.
on the palate, floral notes abound, followed by raisins and light spices. Malty flavours open up on the palate, with soft honey sweetness at the finish.
It’s bottled at 46% ABV and im looking forward to this one because I’m a peated whisky fan.
Wolfburn Aurora has matured in a combination of casks – 40% of this whisky was aged in second-fill quarter casks,
40% in first-fill ex-bourbon barrels and 20% in first-fill Oloroso Sherry hogsheads.
I totally love the bottle design and chosen colors on this one. The liquid is golden with a black
and white label and details in rose gold /copper. This expression is bottled at 46% abv and was released late 2016.
Some notes from the distillery:
Sherry sweetness is followed by aromas of freshly cut grass
and autumn fruits, with just a hint of coffee and dark chocolate.
Floral tones come to the fore, with overtones of spice and vanilla.
Fruity sweetness coats the palate, with fruit and nut flavours leading to a warm, soft finish.
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Wolfburn langskip is as cask strength release from Wolfburn distillery bottled at 58% ABV.
The name Langskip is taken from the Norse word for longship –
the Viking raiding ships that once dominated the Caithness coastline.
Sleek, smooth, purposeful and strong, the legacy of these ships surrounds the
Wolfburn distillery – in addition to settlements and burial sites,
Wolfburn’s home town of Thurso is said to be named after the Norse God of thunder Thor.
Its matured in firstfill bourbon casks and is their strongest expression so far. It has taken medals in
spirits competitions, Double Gold Medal winner, Singapore world spirits competition 2019.
But also Double Gold Medal winner, FiftyBest 2018.
Some tasting notes from the distillery.
Aromas of fruit blossom meld with dried apples and light oak.
In the background you’ll find traces of raisins and dates mixed with rich fruit cake.
Flavours burst onto the palate, rich and sweet, including maple syrup,
dark chocolate, almonds and raisins. The finish lingers nicely –
hints of vanilla gently fade away with a warming trace of caramel at the end.
In May 2011 one of the Wolfburn team went to locate the site of the old Wolfburn Distillery in Thurso, Caithness.
The purchase of the land was finalized in May 2012 and the first ground was broken a few months later in early August.
And short after that the distillery was up an running again to create some awesome expressions.
This limited edition Wolfburn is called No. 204 it has a cask finish of Madeira oak barrels.
The production of this expresson gave a total of 5800 bottles bottled at 46% abv.
This is the fifthsmall-batch release from the distillery and has matured for 5 years in
First-fill bourbon barrels then finished in Madeira hogsheads for 6 month.
Notes from the distillery:
ON THE NOSE – Rich desert-wine aromas are readily present,
augmented by deep bourbon sweetness.
ON THE PALATE – Sweet and full – give it time and a whole array of flavours unfurl.
Gentle notes of burnt sugar lead the way, overlaid with hints of soft oak and vanilla tones.
Hazelnut and gentle hints of orange are present too.
THE FINISH – Sweet tones linger on the palate and gradually melt away,
leaving a wee trace of honey and butterscotch at the very end.