Wolfburn was originally founded in Thurso in the very North of Scotland in 1821. Soon after its foundation, it became one of the largest distilleries of its region. But not too many years later, Wolfburn had to close it doors again and in the late 19th century, only the ruins of the old distillery remained. In 2011, plans were made for a reconstruction of Wolfburn distillery. And in 2013, the first new spirit was distilled only a short walk away from the place where the old distillery once stood. As you can see from its history, the Wolfburn whiskies you can buy today are still very young. In 2016, they hit the market with the first two products from their core range. After releasing their first bottling called Northland, the Aurora was introduced to the market a few months later. I had the chance to try both of their core range products in a whisky shop on Helgoland last year. Right away, it became very clear that this distillery had a golden future. Of the two Wolfburns on the market, I liked the fruity Aurora, which contains 20% whisky matured in first-fill Oloroso casks and 80% whisky matured in ex-bourbon casks in different sizes, a bit more. So I was very happy when Santa Clause put one bottle of it underneath my Christmas tree last year.
Eye: A brilliant mixture of yellow and gold.
Nose: You can smell a lot of things you could also mix in your cereals at breakfast. Dried apples, quinces and apricots as well as raisins and nuts can be found. Honey sweetness and malty notes are in the background together with something that should rather not be part of your daily breakfast: slight hints of sherry.
Palate: At first, a lot of sweetness combined with honey and vanilla. When you take your second sip, you can also discover yellow fruits like quinces and apricots again. In the background, there might also be some banana. All these sweet and fruity flavors are accompanied by distinct sherry notes.
Finish: A long and smooth finish, which is much spicier than you would expect.
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Region: Scotland (Highlands)
Age: No Age Statement (~3 Years)
Alc. volume: 46%
Bottle size: 0.7 litres
Price range: ~50.00 Euro
More info: http://www.wolfburn.com/ (Distillery) ; https://www.albaimport.de/ (Importer)
I became a huge fan of Wolfburn after encountering them at a whisky show in London last year, and I completely agree when you say they have a golden future ahead. There’s a lot of stick from parties who claim that it barely counts as a whisky due to its young age; but I suppose these are also the same people who turn their noses up at NAS whiskies!
Looking forward to your review of their Kylver bottling in the near future!
I’m totally with you here. I always find it rather stupid when people trash a whisky out of principle — either because it does not have a certain age or because it is a blend rather than a single malt. With both of their official bottlings, Wolfburn have proven that young whiskies can be full of flavor, soul and complexity. I am also very curious about their next bottling!