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Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
ex-Islay Casks
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml 700 ml
Stamp on Backlabel >> VATTING 08/05/2017
Added on
24 Jun 2018 8:50 am by orcahome

Average value

€ 43.69

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Whisky Reviews for Wolfburn Northland

6 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.38 points

  1. Squinugie scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      79 79

  2. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    The bottles have had a great make-over, but inside, the Northland remains lightly-matured in ex-Laphroaig 1/4 casks, non-chill filtered and presented at natural colour. Wolfburn have maintained this as a 3yo as it was when I tried it in 2017. Does that means they are keeping their older stocks for something special, in say, 2023?

    N: Soft toasted liquid barley with a light/quiet but noticeable [and likeable] pebble-like salinity. It’s also nicely farmy/earthy/peaty [the 10ppm staying incredibly intact throughout the spirit-making process], with a touch of rubber, a smaller touch of tar,… more earth, soft wet clay,…

    T: Crystalised [vegetal-savoury] sugars, a soft peppery spice, and a light integrated smokiness matched/merged with the light oakiness, but it’s the barley that’s held aloft – so there’s a balance for certain – those ‘wet’ Islay casks not dominating in the slightest. Good job.

    F: With a surprisingly decent sustain, we’ve a lingering spice into oiliness > tar, a mellow savoury-sour wishy-washy citrus salinity and a smoked vegetal sugar barley conclusion.

    C: Since last trying the Northland nearly three years ago, it’s clear Wolfburn are maintaining consistency very well. This is as I remembered it before, though with the balance between spirit and cask further improved. It’s the softness, the assuredness I found most remarkable here. Pair with Stauning’s Kaos [WLP] for an interesting side-by-side North Sea comparison.

  3. Sleinn nam Ffoh scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      83 83

  4. Mr. D. scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  5. rolabob scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  6. pH did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Hi orcahome,

    just curious: Whats makes it a "2017" edition? Is it mentioned on the label?

    Thanks, pH


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