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Wolfburn Aurora

Overall rating
80.34/100
votes
449
Whiskybase ID
WB86072
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Stated Age
03 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Bourbon, Oloroso Sherry Hogsheads
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
0634158496363
Added on
26 aug 2016 2:04 pm by Alastor
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 46.62

24 × in wishlist

449 × member ratings

1075 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Wolfburn Aurora

55 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.34 points

  1. birkzehn scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  2. LDB scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The nose smells like a Riesling! Amazing.
    Unfortunately, he's a little unbalanced.
    • Nose
      78 78
      White wine-gooseberry minerality
    • Taste
      79 79
      Strong and fruity, a really interesting taste, removes a maritime note.
    • Finish
      77 77
      A little herbaceous, but a bit disappointing, not much happens.

  3. Alex Fridays scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    Sweet apples, overmature fruits, cake, dust, pears, oak, vanilla and sweet perfume notes on nose.

    Sweet fruits, spices, light putridness, dust, apples, pears, light smoke notes on palate.

    Apples, vanilla, spices, oak notes on short finish.

    It’s a simple, young, fresh whisky. 

  4. OberemokAndrey scored this whisky 75 points Member Junior

    This whisky is very young! He has poor smell, I've heard only green apple and pear. He not taste. These not definitely not distillate, but it's not whisky. These not Sherry influence, I thought this ex-borbon Cask only.
    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      74 74

  5. Thatch scored this whisky 63 points Member Senior

    Phew, rarely had such an unbalanced, unthought-out and sometimes undefinable whisky.
    • Nose
      65 65
      Subtle fruit, but that's it. Smells sharp, alcoholic. Doesn't bode well.
    • Taste
      60 60
      A touch of nothing. Has more of a trivial whisky from the supermarket, not even the sweetness is still there.
    • Finish
      65 65
      At least the sweet touch is still there. But it also wears off very quickly. Then again a touch of nothing.

  6. Cubey666 scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    Tasted at WTF 2019
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      78 78

  7. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    One of the more odd experiences I've had with a whisky, where there is sweetness on the nose and in the finish, but not while it's actually in your mouth. Overall it's a bit rough around the edges, with the different elements being very incongruent - one has to wonder if the bourbon and sherry casks simply don't compliment each other in the same malt. The finish picks up a bit from the otherwise fairly disappointing tasting experience.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Immediately there is a sweetness which has a slightly artificial quality to it without being too cloying. There are red apples, some icing sugar, muscovado sugar, and a touch of crisp white wine.
    • Taste
      72 72
      A disappointing experience in the mouth, with almost none of the pleasant sweetness from the nose, instead being mainly spirit-driven (and imbalanced spirit at that; not surprising given the age), with a bit of bitter wood and some burnt toast.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Oddly, the sweetness comes back slightly on the finish, with some pleasant honeyed notes in a nice balance with the mild oak spice from the wood. Medium in length.

  8. DGV scored this whisky 80 points Expert Junior

    Second regular release of the distillery. First released in 2017. Unfermented malt, aged in bourbon casks and barrels and oloroso sherry. Named after Aurora Borealis - the northern lights.

  9. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 81 points Member Senior

    Smell: young, restless, vanilla, superficial sweetness, translucent alcohol note, green wood, malty, according to throaty

    Taste: Even if the order doesn't fit - really long finish, which just brings just the right amount of spice, before that simple vanilla sweetness, according to spicy alcohol

    Color: lightening yellow gold, clear

    Conclusion: still far too dominated by the raw spirit - as with most Wolfburn bottlings, one can look forward to the increasing age in the next few years ...

  10. ctu scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  11. LDB scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Nose: white wine and gooseberry mineral notes (is there the word?)

    Taste: strong and fruity, a really interesting taste, removes one
    Kind of maritime touch.

    Finish: a little herbal, but a bit disappointing, not much happens.

    But the nose smells like good Riesling! Amazing.
    Unfortunately, he's a little unbalanced.

  12. hafssol scored this whisky 69 points Expert Junior

    Young and edgy, still quite smooth and average. You can taste the vanilla brought by the bourbon cask; enjoyable and simple to drink, yet not unforgettable at all. Much better malts available for a similar price.

  13. Wolfe Tone scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Soft, floral and heathery. Quite nice for a young whisky.

  14. Squinugie scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      78 78

  15. Teomarg scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      81 81

  16. JimJaws scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      75 75

  17. Mr. D. scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  18. kanpai79 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      86 86

  19. EnjoyLife89 scored this whisky 70 points Expert Senior

    Overall, very malty and sweet, but still occurs strong and voluminous. In the end, however, he leaves behind a still quite young character. I'm looking forward to older bottlings later
    • Nose
      Sweet, malt and sherry, a bit biting in the nose
    • Taste
      Sweet, sherry present, dominated by alcohol sharpness
    • Finish
      Medium long, some oak, sherry can be recognized, malt is clearly in the foreground, some dry fruit will come through later

  20. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    09-02-2019
    • Nose
      76 76
      smoke, honey, sweet
    • Taste
      77 77
      honey, sweet, malt, sherry
    • Finish
      75 75
      honey, sweet, malt, sherry

  21. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    This one is just 'okay'. Pretty pleasant, but not astonishing in any kind. The nose is the best part of this whisky.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Pretty pleasant nose, first some sweetness, caramel. Later on it gets more and moral floral, some fragrance of soap or perfumed.
    • Taste
      82 82
      A slight pepper, not too complex, some sweetness like caramel and some honey. The floral part disappears a little.
    • Finish
      81 81
      Pretty short, and not very remarkable. Some caramel sweetness left.

  22. LDB scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    The nose smells like good Riesling! Amazing.
    Unfortunately he is a bit unbalanced. Mineral gooseberry.

    Taste: strong fruity, a really interesting taste, removes a maritime touch.

    Finish: a bit herbaceous, but a little disappointing, there is not much left.

  23. markjedi1 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    If I didn’t know a part had matured on oloroso, I would have sworn this was fino or manzanilla. Anyway, good, but not grand. But maybe that is to be expected of a single malt of only 4 years old. Between 50 and 60 EUR.
    • Nose
      The nose starts fairly malty with some light sherry influence. Think pineapple and leather, bitter oranges, juicy pear and some melon. Hint of cold coffee. Cherries. Not bat, but rather light in my book.
    • Taste
      It is immediately somewhat bitter, without becoming astringent. I am reminded of pink grapefruit, again some oranges, gooseberries and some chestnut. Quite a few nuts in the mix (pecan, cashew and pistachio) and a drop of honey. There is a mildly smoky edge to it. Again, quite nice, but not grand.
    • Finish
      The finish is the best part. Long, spicy, bitter, smoky and very clean.

  24. M134481 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      82 82

  25. mema82 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  26. Zapala_86 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Wolfburn Aurora 46% vol. Sherry Oak

    Maturation: 40% second-fill quarter cask of, 40% first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels, 20% first-fill Oloroso Sherry hogsheads

    Nose: note of dark chocolate, raisins in chocolate, cherries in chocolate, fruit, hints of coffee, malty, coconut chips (at least for a moment), pleasant and quite complex, nice balance

    Taste: dried fruit, bittersweet, nut mix, sherry notes, fruit jam, barrel, malt, warming, nicely hidden alcohol, all delicate, not overwhelming

    Finish: quite long, warming, fruity with a hint of honey and spices

    Very good dram, again young but nicely composed, notes of sherry are delicate, do not dominate the distillate, we do not have smoke here, it is fruity, honey and pleasantly sweet, but definitely not liqueur, very balanced sweetness.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      86 86

  27. MaltMusings did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    https://malt-musings.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/gbmm2017-wolfburn-distillery.html

  28. HunterRomario scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I tasted at the Whisky Festival 2017. The youth is talkative on the tongue, the body is quite thin but overall is due to the age of solid whisky, the sherry barrels seem to have helped me, I definitely have a better impression of the Aurora than the first filling of a distillery named Hand Crafted.
    • Nose
      Fresh, citrus-fresh and honey-like aroma. This includes grass, straw. (85 b)
    • Taste
      The taste fits well with the scent. Wood, slightly bourbon dill, vanilla, spiciness. (85 b)

  29. fileosoph scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  30. ctu scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Take shape the Wolfburn project. Keep it up!
    • Nose
      Sherry, orange liqueur, pineapple. Earth and denaturated alcohol. Licorice.
    • Taste
      Fresh and fruity. Apricot, tannic oak, sulfury sherry, match head.
    • Finish
      Medium length, creamy, oaky, fruity.

  31. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    it starts very badly! Aggressive, vegetal. On the palate, it's "less bad" than expected. The sherry cask rounds the angles well. It remains young and yeast, but not unpleasant.

    Enthusiasm 3/5
    Whisky n ° 1235

  32. mer1973 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  33. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    N: The Aurora is one of a number of Wolfburn releases for 2016, presented with a 20% sherry influence. The oloroso element is subtle enough to give the distillate all the room it needs, and we know their distillate is good.
    T: Soft distillate approach…..
    F: …….with a neat & tidy form.
    C: According to distillery manager Shane Frazer [interview], the Aurora profile was the distilleries intended direction from the beginning. Their excellent ‘Hand crafted’ debut 3yo, [also bottled in 2016] WB81.45[106] WF85, was an accidental yet serendipitous result. I find this more deliberate release equally fine.

    Scores a C+

  34. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  35. spigray scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    I must say I am impressed. young but very good. I will buy me one or two bottles of this one.
    87/100
    • Nose
      quite fruity on melons and peaches, slightly earthy, reminds me of some bere barley expressions I had. slightly alcoholic but all in all very fresh and clean
      is there a thread of smoke? cannot get any sherry influence but it doesn´t need it.not bad considering the young age.
    • Taste
      oh, very good! absolutely fresh and mouthwatering, very fruity on peaches and really, I could swear they used bere barley for that one. it dries slowly and pleasantly without getting bitter and without loosing the fruity side.
    • Finish
      medium to long, very clean

  36. A Dream of Sea did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    Wolfburn Aurora

    Category: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
    Distillery: Wolfburn (Highlands)
    Price: 0-50€ (45€ in Germany)

    46% ABV
    Chillfiltration: No
    Artificial Colour: NoAbout the whisky: I wrote a small introduction to Wolfburn in my last review, so I will kust mention the key facts again: Wolfburn distillery started production in late January 2013. After 3 years of maturation the "Aurora" was released in 2016. It was matured in ex-bourbon hogsheads and sherry casks. The mix is about 70% bourbon and 30% sherry. Without the use of Islay quarter casks this is a non-peated, non-smoky whisky. The "Aurora" is bottled at 46% ABV, without artificial colour and chill-filtration, which I think is great!
    Nose: Right from the start fruity notes. Peach is the most dominant one, maybe a hint of oranges. There is some vanilla sweetness as well, the bourboncasks have done their jobs. A slightly minty - alcoholic note is there too.Taste: Again: Fruity notes. Not as rich as a 20 year old bourbon cask can be but still nice. A wonderful mix of young sherry influences and a vanilla sweet bourbon note. Then the whisky starts to go drier and a oaky bitterness joins the game. The mouthfeel is a bit disappointing, as it is a little bit too "thin" for my liking. But this is a young whisky after all.

    Finish: Medium and quite subtle. Some sherry notes stay in the mouth joined by oaky bitterness. At the very end of the finish there might be some dark chocolate, but that could also be imagination.
    Final Thoughts: I like this expression more then the first release. There is no peat or smoke in this one, so the smoky notes must have been a relict of the Islay casks. The mix of sherry and bourbon works quite well and there is a nice developement over all. Still, this is a young whisky and it lacks complexity. Again, I like it but for about 50€ there are really good alternatives out there.

     Final Score: 5/7
    For more reviews visit: adreamofsea.blogspot.de !!

  37. whiskynews scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Had it twice even before noon in a cigarlounge in Hamburg - wouldn't say it is a perfect match for a cigar (maybe a light dominican with floral aromas), but what a nose for such a young one.

    N: cereals, honey and a lot of fruit like pineapple and ripe banana

    T: sweet, a bit tingling, light body, hint of salt

    F: medium, sweet
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      80 80

  38. Marko_I did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    It is of course always interesting to follow the development of a new distillery, for 3 years, the result is not bad, but delicious is still a bit far, too scratchy and the artificial fruit notes irritate something. For 50 € is cost enough, or off to the collection.
    • Nose
      slight stinging, then a lot of sweetness, honey, vanilla, cooked peaches and mirabelles, cereals, with a hint of drinking cocoa and a slight artificial fruit / adhesive note
    • Taste
      young (strong, hot, slightly metallic), some orange peel / lemon, then surprisingly "dark" notes, nut, milk chocolate, cocoa, pepper
    • Finish
      medium length, nougat, cocoa, sharpness

  39. GIORGOS scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      81 81

  40. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  41. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    In my opinion this young NAS single malt scotch is way better than the "hand crafted" Wolfburn due to the sherry cask influence.

  42. Mr.Edradour scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      79 79

  43. St. Pauli scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    To be honest, I found this one rather boring. The hand-crafted (Wolfburn's first release from the beginning of this year) had a nice peaty edge from the use of the casks. This one is rather similar, but then without this peat. The sherry influence didn't bring much in my opinion.This makes this dram rather grassy, with  of soft fruit, vanilla, and a wee saltiness.

  44. toklian scored this whisky 76 points Connoisseur

    Serge says:

    Wolfburn ‘Aurora’ (46%, OB, sherry casks, 2016)
    It’s the third Wolfburn I’m trying. I’ll soon have to add a new page to
    WF’s index of distilleries.  Colour: straw, so ex-refill, which is
    great. Nose: it hasn’t got the smoky side that was in the first
    Wolfburn, this is much easier, perhaps lighter, pretty much in the style
    of some young Speyside. Or, there, Bruichladdich. Touches of melons and
    peaches, apple cake, raw barley, pears, and muesli. Really gentle and,
    as they say in brochures (not theirs!), caressing. Mouth: solid, very
    good young malt whisky, with a lovely honeyness at first, then many soft
    fruitcakes, apples, pears, a touch of rye, and a very subtle
    earthiness. There’s also some fresh pollen, I think, and a spoonful of
    creamy vanilla. Vanilla liqueur? As for the sherry, its influence is
    rather minimal, and it’s the distillate that’s doing the talking.
    Sometimes you think they rather used first fill bourbon. Good anyway!
    Finish: medium, with a little barley water and always a little pollen.
    More towards grains and flowers than towards fruits. Comments: a
    bottling that makes a lot of sense since it stresses, I believe, the
    distillate’s style rather than anything related to the casks. That’s
    very honest, and very good. SGP:541 - 83 points.

  45. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      80 80

  46. thatcher2000 scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    A hint of metal, youthful
    • Nose
      pears, pineapple, hint of sulphur
    • Taste
      honey, cream, apples
    • Finish
      spicy, somehow nutty, bananas

  47. Kalle208 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    For the age already quite a lot of flavors and tastes.
    • Nose
      sweet-sticky smell, honey, vanilla, unripe banana, white peaches
    • Taste
      sweet and creamy like a candy (take two lemon), youthful pungency and tingling, but no metallic taste
    • Finish
      minimal oak, slight dryness and sweetness; slight acidity is added

  48. Hobbit did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A malt that shows the youthfulness very. He gives an outlook on what can happen but this bottling is still too immature. I like the nose the best, here you can feel the barrels used.
    • Nose
      Obstler, as is often the case with young whiskys, alcohol, you can only feel the bourbon barrel, pear, vanilla, mirabelles, the alcohol remains stinging, now shows with red fruits of sherry, raisins, malt, orange juice, sweetish
    • Taste
      hot, metallic, but then quite creamy, vanilla, raisins, grape seeds, bitter orange
    • Finish
      quite short with some honey and little oak

  49. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 75 points Connoisseur

    The sherry is very subtle and the malt looks compared to the hand crafted much younger and immature. Unfortunately, I have to deduct a few points. The hand crafted convinced by a youthful freshness and mineral notes, this one is just too young.
    • Nose
      Quite reserved, sweetish, some raisin, but rather fruity, honey.
    • Taste
      Sweet, grape seeds, young, slightly metallic
    • Finish
      Some oak, tingling, subtle sherry, some sweetness in the background, getting dry with time, almost astringent.

  50. Noface83 scored this whisky 78 points Specialist

    Compared to the "Hand Crafted" one used here instead of smoky Quarter Casks on Sherry influence. The nose looks younger than the "Hand Crafted" with the typical malty-fruity New Make notes. The sherry (in the direction of thick orange juice) is discreetly in the background and comes out properly only in the finish. I like it very well but can not get to the predecessor. I'm still curious what else is there.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      80 80

  51. rottendon scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Has disappointed me in comparison to the first release but hard. Too one-dimensional and too thin, too bad.

  52. GLEN MAUR scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      83 83

  53. GIORGOS scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  54. Oranje81 did not rate this whisky Member Junior

    http://whiskyclub-fs.de/2016/09/23/whisky-vorstellung-wolfburn-aurora-originalabfuellung-46vol/

  55. Alastor did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    official tasting notes from Shane Fraser:

    On the nose you will sense sherry sweetness accompanied by dried fruits and malt.

    On the palate there is a warmth imparted from the sherry, augmented by
    autumn fruits and nutty flavours, with a hint of spice in the background
    – wonderfully smooth and mellow. This really is a first class whisky

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