- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- ex-Islay Casks
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 14 Sep 2016 8:06 pm by Murdo
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Whisky Reviews for Wolfburn Northland
17 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 81.51 points
Shane is very pleased with his quarter casks. He tells me they come from Laphroaig still lovely & fresh, and as refills, without such a resinous nip. Sounds ideal!
N: Those familiar with Laphroaig’s Quarter Cask expression[s] will recognise its character here, perfectly relaxed within the company of Wolfburn’s spirit.
T: I’m immediately struck by the crisp arrival of the oily-barley. Boy, those casks are fresh.
F: Seemingly short but it lingers if you allow it. I was halfway back to Wick and still getting soft reminder bursts – such is the staying-power of those phenols, coupled with Wolfburn’s wonderfully clean yet sustaining barley spirit.
C: Given this is straight whisky, peated through maturation, Northland is a lovely take on Laphroaig for those who want a lighter smokey [Islay-esque] session dram. Let’s be clear though, this isn’t Laphroaig-light, this is Wolfburn right!Scores a C-
- For such a young whisky quite interesting and complex, but whether he really stands out among its competitors in the price range 40-50 euros, I put it in the room. I'm curious if in a few years, the longer matured Wolfburns come out, where then the way goes. That they want to open the way to the top league openly, that can already be guessed, you should give every few years a chance to follow the path.
- Very pleasant, which has matured at Wolfburn in just 3 years. That definitely makes you want more. The only unpleasant I felt the woody notes that came through in the departure, they were irritating and had something rather cardboardy. Otherwise, the departure is very interesting, overall, it comes here less to a sensory overload as we know from other short maturations, but everything comes staggered therefore.
Fresh and slightly fruity. Not much is yet to come.
Mild and fruity-sweet, honey, floral, nut and white chocolate. Quite consistent.
Slight sharpness in the medium-long to long finish, very slight hint of smoke. After a while, the chocolate comes again, but this time a touch. At the very end, the wood comes through too, but unfortunately it is less pleasant, more sticky than oaky.
- Wolfburn Northland 46% vol.
Part of the distillate was matured in quarter casks from Islay.
Nose: fresh, fruity (citrus), malty, apples, grass, vanilla, soft smoke in the background, pretty intense, pleasant, mild, decently built for young whisky, slightly peppery, traces of ash and salt
Taste: delicate sweetness, malt, slightly smoky, peppermint, earthy note, fruits - initially white grapes, later pineapple, slightly salty, honey note, warming
Finish: quite long for such a young whisky, vanilla, oak, grapes, fruity sweetness going into light dryness and bitterness
A very solid 3-year-old whisky, I is hard to believe that it is so young, I really liked it, despite non-peated malt, the barrel from Islay made a great job and added some cool smoke accents.
- Well worth a butchers.
- It hides it youth well - the mature bottling ought to be interesting.
The nose is chocolate, raisins and fruit cake with some smoke coming through as well.
Unusual in that the liquor is quite soft as first, but then the bite kicks in - similar to a Caol Ila.
A lingering warmth - pleasant.