Wolfburn Small Batch Release No. 375
Single Malt — Highlands , Scotland
Reviewed May 16, 2020 (edited June 14, 2020)
In honor of World Whisky Day instead of going all out with something I know is amazing, I decided to give two distilleries a second attempt that didn’t convince me in the first place. Namingly Wolfburn first and Kilchoman on the second dram. From both I had samples before but they just didn’t click with me. So here we go. This Wolfburn is a small batch and was just released some short while ago along their other still very young bottlings. The nose starts off very shy but nosing it for a while and more deeply presents some really nice aromas. There is a mild but flavorful fruitiness. I get jelly bananas (if you are familiar with this typical German candy), red currant, crispy vanilla cookies and honeyed apples. I already like it a lot more than I remember the Wolfburn flagship Northland that I had some months ago. The palate arrives quite intense and is actually really nice. I mean yes it has a mouth-coating alcoholic strengt in form of a ginger burn to it from the young age but that doesn’t feel out-of-place at all. But the actual tastes are sweet peaches, ginger as well, nutmeg, crackers, wine gummy and a whole bunch of vanilla and fresh ground whole-grains. The finish is surprising really. Quite long and intense with some very interesting flavor transitions which I can’t really grasp but that remind me of an underage Springbank. The nose gets better while drinking and the whole dram forms to a really enjoyable experience. I am very positively surprised which is what I was hoping for. I will keep my eyes on this interesting distillery for some future releases that were given a couple more years to mature. Recommended and I think I will get a bottle of this one to remind me that Wolfburn has probably a lot of potential in the next years. A very nice dram for today’s occasion.