Wolfburn Northland

Overall rating
81.37/100
votes
123
Whiskybase ID
WB86821
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottled
2016
Casktype
ex-Islay Casks
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
0634158496349
Added on
14 sep 2016 8:06 pm by Murdo
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 48.14

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Whisky reviews for Wolfburn Northland

24 users have left 26 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 81.37 points.

  1. J.K.Ch scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Simple but decent smoky whisky, a pleasant age / quality ratio, but a slightly worse price / quality ratio. It's not for me to buy a bottle.
    • Nose
      83 83
      Fresh, smoky, richly fruity with a predominance of sweeter citrus, nectarines, pineapple and white chocolate
    • Taste
      81 81
      Slightly smoky, fruity with strong vanilla. A little pineapple and a little mint.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Drier and slightly bitter, medium long. Virtually smoke-free.

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  3. Hupsende Hippie scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Salt, apple, melon, lemon, coconut oil, salmiak, some plasters (that will be the Islay cask)
    • Taste
      Salty, peppery (salmiak), earthy, slightly burnt, floral, oil, lemon. Spicy (cocoa, cinnamon, mint, bitter). Spicy and young. Lots of flavors but none of the flavors convince or take over.

  4. og187 scored this whisky 83 points Expert Junior

  5. Ficelli scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      77 77
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  6. The_Osprey scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    Wolfburn Northland Single Malt. Consumed August 2018. Aroma is subtle but pleasant - apple, banana and green raisin. Subtle but good. Taste is rounded, punchy alcohol and salt, some nice oak and papery custard notes. Touch of estery pear. Faint peat dryness. Well crafted. Enjoyable at the time...but I got the impression that this was the main contributor to the killer hangover I had the next day. 3.4/81

  7. diamond2000 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Junior

    Aroma: fresh, grain, maltiness, unripe fruits - apricot, green apple, lemon; linseed oil. A slight phenolicity is caught, something like ash, coal, sterile bandages, a crust of burnt bread.

    Taste: caustic, black pepper, herbaceous and bitter citrus peel, burnt bread, distinctly mineral-coal. Sweetness appears, but there is a minimum of it, lemonade, ripe peach.

    Finish: More phenolic than the taste, charred wood, charcoal, zest, burned, light sweetness, medium length.

    Score: 81

    Result: dry, mineral-phenolic, with pleasant sourness, but with excessive bitterness for me.
    Whisky for an amateur, somehow ridiculous came out with these ex-Isla barrels, they seemed to give something from peat whisky, but it seemed out of place here ... but it doesn't work out to be called bad whisky either ...

  8. noelc scored this whisky 74 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      73 73
      Fresh and fruity, not very intense
    • Taste
      76 76
      Slightly smoky, honey, fruity
    • Finish
      74 74
      Quite sharp, the smoke comes through more.
      After a while it ends fruity

  9. matfrl scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  10. WhiskyBjorn83 scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    20-12-2019
    • Nose
      78 78
      vanilla, honey, fruit, smoke
    • Taste
      82 82
      vanilla, honey, fruit, smoke
    • Finish
      80 80
      vanilla, honey, fruit, smoke

  11. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    Visually young, a little harsh, but nicely composed with fruit and vanilla without drifting into New Make notes. Beautiful subtle smoke and minerality and pleasing unsüß.

  12. dramidaris scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

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

  13. Eilean a' Cheo scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

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

  14. WhiskyLovingPianist did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/on-location-wolfburn/

    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-

  15. SVWRamius scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      74 74
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      85 85

  16. SVWRamius scored this whisky 78 points Member Senior

    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.
    • Nose
      Fresh and slightly fruity. Not much is yet to come.
    • Taste
      Mild and fruity-sweet, honey, floral, nut and white chocolate. Quite consistent.
    • Finish
      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.

  17. mema82 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  18. Zapala_86 scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

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

  19. holborndrinker scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Well worth a butchers.
    • Nose
      80 80
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      84 84

  20. holborndrinker scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    It hides it youth well - the mature bottling ought to be interesting.
    • Nose
      The nose is chocolate, raisins and fruit cake with some smoke coming through as well.
    • Taste
      Unusual in that the liquor is quite soft as first, but then the bite kicks in - similar to a Caol Ila.
    • Finish
      A lingering warmth - pleasant.

  21. hettrum scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

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

  22. Lorion scored this whisky 69 points Expert Senior

    Fresh, youthful, yummy, sweet. 69th

  23. MaltMusings did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

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

  24. HW74 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  25. fileosoph scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  26. Kalle208 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Wow! For three years, cool part! Not as complex as you would like, but for the ages it is a very nice whisky without juvenile sharpness
    • Nose
      light fruits (nectarine, pineapple, later lemony), light sweetness, vanilla, light smoke, slightly nutty
    • Taste
      slight alcoholic, sweet and nutty
    • Finish
      peppery finish with a light smoke aftertaste

  27. Dominique69 did not rate this whisky Photo Moderator

    Notes from the distillery:

    The Wolf Burn Northland is an old friend with a 'new' look. The first standard filling of the long-awaited Wolfburn matured in ex-Islay Casks and was filled without cold filtration and in natural color. Since this bottling so far had no concrete name, one decided to baptize this filling "Northland". Behind the reworked label stands therefore a well-known product.

     

    Aroma: straight sweet, with notes of fruits and fresh sea air, in the background one finds a freshness of lemons with traces of grain and a touch of peat smoke

    Taste: sweet and nutty in the foreground, with traces of grapes and honey in the background, full of floral aromas, complemented by a touch of coffee and dark chocolate.

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