Wolfburn Morven

Overall rating
80.89/100
votes
334
Whiskybase ID
WB99579
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Lightly Peated
Bottled
2017
Casktype
Ex bourbon oak
Strength
46.0 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
0634158496370
Added on
14 aug 2017 11:30 am by MaltMusings
UncoloredNon-chillfiltered

Average value

€ 46.21

24 × in wishlist

334 × member ratings

737 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Wolfburn Morven

46 users have left 48 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 80.89 points.

  1. sarthur71 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Phenolic but very primitive, woody and tanned whisky with a short finish.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      80 80

  2. aboutWhisky scored this whisky 84 points Expert Junior

    A young savage who, due to his youth, has built up relatively little complexity. This makes it relatively uncomplicated to enjoy, even for people who are otherwise not very into smoky malts. Thanks to its youthful rough edges, it's still fun.

    https://www.aboutwhisky.de/tastingnotes/wolfburn-morven/
    • Nose
      Cold, slightly medicinal peat smoke fills the nostrils. This cooling feeling awakens maritime associations of salty sea air. The smoke isn't particularly strong and lets more flavors through right away. Tart citrus fruits and pears emerge. Plus vanilla and a hint of barley malt. After the first taste, the aroma becomes a little sweeter.
    • Taste
      Soft and sweet at first, then peppery on the tongue. Again I find pears and sour citrus. This acidity complements the initially dominant sweetness. There are also sweet pastries and a hint of oak. The smoke is nicely integrated.
    • Finish
      The sweetness comes back, as does the acidity of the citrus fruits. Delicate peat smoke spreads in the smoking, again sweet pastries. Towards the end, the oak comes through a bit more and brings a subtle, bittersweet feeling.

  3. Spoerkel scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Light peat aroma. But not much beyond that...
    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  4. DistiLesha scored this whisky 76 points Expert Senior

    If I were asked to describe Wolfburn Morven in one word, I would call it smoky pear. Please do not confuse with smoked pear.
    Frankly weak whisky, I would even say not ready to drink, and I would easily confuse it with Loch Lomond Single Grain Peated.
    There is nothing to talk about yet. I don’t even know for what occasion I would buy this whisky.
    I promised myself not to buy Wolfburn until at least a 10-year release.
    Frankly failed and nasty aftertaste, more like a single grain.
    I want to put it in some kind of cocktail, and for some reason with a strawberry flavor.

    20 19 19 18
    • Nose
      77 77
      Slightly smoky, Duchesse pear, fruitiness, sweetness, creme brulee lemonade, very similar to Loch Lomond Single Grain Peated, some book dust, prunes
    • Taste
      77 77
      Sweet, and on the palate is already much more smoky than in the aroma, continuation of the nose, plus lemon sourness, prunes
      Sweetness 7 out of 10
    • Finish
      77 77
      Lemon sourness, confident smoky pear, almost no tannins, prunes
      Further, some kind of opposition grows, which is rather characteristic of the single grain category.

  5. glen efze scored this whisky 77 points Expert Senior

    Morven is the peaty version of Wolfburn. Whereby one sits more in the lightly peated area. So no competition to Islay. Here you are in Flow Country, one of the largest moorland areas in Europe and the world. Half of the whisky matures in ex-Islay quarter casks and half in 1st fill bourbon casks. He's light too.
    In the blind vertical he took 4th place. Can the Morven move up in the concentrated second tasting?

    www.glen-efze.de
    • Nose
      The question is, why don't they take the rubber boots out of the peat? And where does the lactic acid come from? This is a rubber boot and yoghurt smoked whisky. And no, that's not tasty.
    • Taste
      Haven't they ever had a Staoisha in their glass at Wolfburn? It's also young - but it tastes good. This is thin vegetable broth with watery rubber boot extract. And sweet whey.
    • Finish
      Why look for an aftertaste from a whisky you don't want to drink?

      Sorry, Wolfburn is a distillery I want to like. And there are good whiskys, despite their youth. But the core range doesn't excite me yet, the whiskys are immature and poorly planned in the cask management. I want to like this distillery - but I wouldn't add any of the Northland, Aurora or Morven to the collection right now. That's it!

  6. Ivynor scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
      Very young distillate, few aromas. A little earth, earth. And... a bit of dirt.
      Maybe ashes.
    • Taste
      82 82
      More interesting, a little oily, citrus notes, more pronounced peat, almond cake, gentian.
    • Finish
      82 82
      Final in the same spirit as the mouth. More roundness, fresh herbs, gentian, peat.

  7. Dris scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      84 84

  8. F_Weinberg scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    The first real success from Wolfburn that I've tried, in my opinion. The profile of the malt works well with a touch of peat, and clearly the cask selection here was decent, with no unpleasant or off-balance notes. Of course the spirit is still immature but it was pleasant to drink and highlights the Wolfburn profile better than the Northland or Aurora.
    • Nose
      Sweet vanilla, peaches, lavender. The smoke is quite slight, smooth and lightly medicinal. There is a hint of spice, but not much. Very pleasant but quite one-dimensional.
    • Taste
      Straightforward with the barley sugars, leather and toast. More of an oaky profile than the nose, with the peat taking more of a back seat. Some nice ripe juicy fruits appear later.
    • Finish
      Smooth, with a touch of hazelnuts and macadamia nuts, some tannins from the wood without bitterness. Medium in length, with more evident sherry sweetness.

  9. Ficelli scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      80 80

  10. DGV scored this whisky 82 points Expert Junior

    The third regular release of the distillery. First released in 2017. Produced from malt fumigated with peat up to 10 ppm. Aged in bourbon barrels and Laphroaig quarter casks.

  11. Romansen scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      80 80

  12. 67conrad67 scored this whisky 82 points Member Senior

    Smell: slightly perfumed vanilla note, sweetish, one-dimensional, alcohol very well integrated, very subtle smoke in the base, slightly lactic, uncomplicated
    Taste: Malty fruit - fruity malt, however, the wood spice enters a useful liason with the smoke traces, medium-long finish with light bitter notes
    Color: pale straw, clear
    Conclusion: smokers for beginners - technically well done, but no more ...

  13. Simon Stood scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    My first experience with this distillery. Not bad, there is potential. Balance 21-22
    • Nose
      83 83
      Nose smoky, mournful, young 20
    • Taste
      84 84
      Taste matches the aroma, peat, light sweetness slightly watery 21
    • Finish
      85 85
      Better finish, long enough peppermint 22

  14. Robinzon25 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    An extremely smoky whisky for kebab lovers. Depersonalized, without zest, but also without flaws, appetizing. There is not much to find fault with.
    • Nose
      An extinct fire, spices, sea, barnyard, wool.
    • Taste
      Oily, with hints of salt, iodine, pepper and smoked.
    • Finish
      Long-lasting, very smoky, oily, repeating the palate.

  15. mattheww scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

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

  16. WLUO scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      79 79
      Taste is a bit flat, a bit one-sided. Little complexity to be found. The finish is also short, little lingers. I'm surprised it has an ABV of 46%, blindly I wouldn't have estimated it higher than 40%.

  17. RuslanRulin scored this whisky 81 points Newbie

    Young, aggressive but have good balance and interesting taste
    Nose: malt, smoky, vanilla, citric, turf - 79
    Taste: Medicinal, salt, caramel, vanilla - 83
    Finish: not so long - vanilla, salt caramel, smoky - 80

  18. DenisLeonov scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    Balance (21)
    Youth is palpable, but I am pleasantly surprised (85)
    • Nose
      Sweet malt, fruit, vanilla and slightly smoky. Pleasant but sweet. Over time, raw dough with salt (21.5)
    • Taste
      Malt, vanilla fruit (21)
    • Finish
      Creamy, dessert finish with a pinch of salt (21,5)

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

    It's not for buying a bottle. It's nice to drink, but it lacks complexity and maturity. But the percentage suits it.
    • Nose
      82 82
      Peat, vanilla cream, blown candle, pears and spices.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Smoky pear compote with an excess of spices. Pretty sweet. Quite distinctive.
    • Finish
      80 80
      Smoke, speculative. It's not too long, but it's intense. Pretty alcoholic.

  20. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/06/05/summerton-virtual-whisky-festival-2020-part-3-3/

    Like the Northland, this was a 3yo whisky in 2017. Does that mean it’s now 6yo or is the Morven [like the Northland] still 3yo, whilst older whisky goes towards different/older expressions? It’s the latter.

    N: Referring to previous notes [WLP83], our ‘old man’ [now with a touch of thoroughly faded Old Spice], appears younger, fitter, and healthier. Indeed I’m happy with my previous notes, the ‘meringue pie’ now spilt and melted onto the top plate of a cooled maltings kiln. A husky citrus farmy profile warms with time. I also find a faint hollow > dry innocuousness to it, though ‘watery/diesel-y almond milk’ descriptors would also suffice.

    T: If the nose profile has remained largely unchanged over the last three years, the palate appears to have evolved. Today, I receive a firm salivating/watery saline peated barley spirit. The vanilla-ed oak, covered in sweetish brine, leads to a similar mouthfeel with dark hot chocolate and grimy 3/1 oil on the turn. I pick up hints in the middle of a small macaroon covered in all that grimy saline stuff previously mentioned.

    F: Seawolf/salty dog finish with thin-yet-layered oily-slick briny oaky peppery citrus,… forever watery with more powdered hot chocolate at the death. Unusual juice with homemade vibes. I’m wishing for more body/more richness/more maltiness that would, in time, surely come from longer maturation, no?

    C: This is hard to love after today’s flight, the smokey sourness not my ideal digestif. I think this would have played out better before the Northland, and perhaps the Scalasaig would have been the best festival finisher.

  21. ezioaudit scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

  22. ARDBERG scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    If Morven is really the bestseller for the distillery, I hope it doesn't mean that this one is the best bottling they have. It was rather dissapointing in a new distlleries tasting where it came in dead last.
    Not more there apart from a malty sweetness and some not so pleasant peatiness - totally lacking any character.

    Tasted at a new scottish distillery tasting (winner was Lindores Abbey 21 month old bourbon cask sample that even pulverized a Kilchoman (b.2018) 100% Islay).
    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      78 78
    • Finish
      77 77

  23. Squinugie scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      79 79
    • Taste
      79 79
    • Finish
      76 76

  24. martin_the_collector scored this whisky 80 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      81 81
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      78 78

  25. GJR scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Tasted on 14/02/20 during a Coastal Scotland tasting.

    My first Wolfburn. Surprising. Pretty smoky without being overly assiduous. Fairly well balanced with the wood. Somewhat "dirty" which makes and keeps the dram interesting. Not very complex, but nicely "made". Nice pricing for a young whisky from a young distillery. Hopefully promises good things for the future!
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  26. Khaanara scored this whisky 81 points Member Junior

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      78 78

  27. Mr. D. scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

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

  28. NTC scored this whisky 62 points Member Senior

    Nose: young sharpyness sticks above all the other notes, very little peat is present in the nose, a little bit salty but everything is overwhelmed with the young sharpyness.

    Taste: young malt with light peat. A little bit of spice on the side.

    Finish: even the finish doesnt last that long.

    Conclussion: a dissapointing whisky, definitlly misses ageing.
    • Nose
      62 62
    • Taste
      65 65
    • Finish
      60 60

  29. P.A.O.K.you_are scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

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

  30. Wolv scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
      Hay, cereals, wax, vanilla, honey, peat, smoke, matches
    • Taste
      82 82
      Orange marmalade, marzipan, vanilla
    • Finish
      83 83
      Bitter almonds, peat, campfire

  31. AdamsB scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    The northernmost distillery in Scotland (on the mainland). The first drop of distillate flowed from the alembics on January 25, 2013. Morven is the only smoky version, made from ordered barley malt, 10 ppm thick, is about 4.5 years old. Production of the Morven version takes place only for 6 weeks a year. Matures in barrels first and second fill Bourbon, as well as brand new, fresh quarter caskach 125 l (outside Islay).
    Very balanced. Lovely whisky in budget price
    • Nose
      82 82
      Peat, Smoke, Tar
    • Taste
      81 81
      Peat, Toffee, vanilla, oak
    • Finish
      83 83
      Medium long, delicate, balanced, vanilla, ginger, very mild peat

  32. rolabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

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

  33. JNuyts scored this whisky 79 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      81 81
      soft and sweet rubber
      vanilla
      light peat and smoke
      salty
      pears (syrup)
      white grape
    • Taste
      78 78
      soft smoke and peat
      pepper
      nutty
      not complex, very straightforward
    • Finish
      77 77
      briefly
      rather disappointing
      little ginger and smoke

  34. GIORGOS scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  35. Fight65 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    The Wolfburn Morven is named after the highest mountain in the northern Highlands.
    For "Morven" only slightly turfed malt is used and so it differs clearly from Wolfburn "Northland" and "Aurora", which are produced from undetached malt. It is exciting that despite the malt specification of only 10 ppm, the peat leaves intense traces and occurs much more clearly than one would expect.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  36. markjedi1 scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Morven is okay, but not more than that (the No 128, considered to be the precursor to this release, is much better). Around 60 EUR.
    • Nose
      The nose is surprisingly soft (especially after the No 128) and offers up a mild trace of smoke and some young apples and pears. Quite mineral (chalk!) and clearly young. That does not have to be a problem, but this Wolfburn is not as intriguing on the nose. A salty edge brings us to a wild coast. Salted caramel and pine nuts with some floral accents.
    • Taste
      It is quite fresh and young on the palate. Lime juice with pepper, vanilla and baked apples. Pear drops. The peat is very clear, but on the side, so not really integrated. Barley sugars, toasted oak and again quite some floral elements, so it cannot hide its young age. It does not need to, surely, but this does taste very young indeed.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long with loads of ginger. It starts sweet, then turns bitter to finally fade in a big screen of smoke.

  37. M134481 scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      78 78
    • Taste
      81 81
    • Finish
      82 82

  38. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

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

  39. Dre73 scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Very light peat, rubber, tobacco ash. Fruity too, orange. Also some grassy, ​​hay. And sweet, honey.
    • Taste
      Light peppers, little salmiak / lakrisal kick, smoke, caramel very emphatically.
    • Finish
      Very light peppers still, somewhat short, Barbeque smelled now. And honey sweet.

  40. Zapala_86 scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Wolfburn Morven 46% vol. Lightly Peated 10ppm

    Nose: there is smoke for sure, but gentle, more tangible than in Northland and a bit different, then a lot of caramel-fudge, initially the least fruit of all three, roasted malt, hay, grass, earthy note, honey in the background, salted caramel, heather , after a while, grapes and an apple

    Taste: roasted malt, smoke, hay, nuts, roasted caramel, vanilla, roasted apple, some salt

    Finish: sweet, earthy and slightly smoky

    Another solid single malt, intense in taste, perhaps less aromatic, mainly salty caramel and smoke, but very interesting.
    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      84 84
    • Finish
      82 82

  41. Andytka3 scored this whisky 78 points Connoisseur

    Soft maritime smokes, bonfire, seaweed and flinty notes are well integrated to the chocolate, fresh zesty citrus and grassiness characters of Wolfburn. Still dusty and 'white' on the nose and palate. Not with lots of depth albeit bottled at a 46%, but balanced with firm structure.

    — at Whisky Live Singapore.
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      85 85

  42. Greenkeeper scored this whisky 80 points Expert Senior

    I rated him with 80 points. Who thinks now: "ui, 80 points, that must have been bad" is completely wrong. I thought the whisky was good. And he was fun. For that reason also a "paint mark" after Ralfy and no 79.
    But I'm also happy if I do not have to drink such a bottle every day. It is best as a supplement to well-balanced, balanced malts. A colorful swab in the monotony of the normal, so to speak. Also my description seems to my reviews "good" and "fun" very strange. Because I spontaneously had the following impression: "A damp coarse cleaning rag, previously stored in a musty, cold basement, with which one just wiped down a dropped cream cheese and then this rag into an old wooden vat filled with a pound of brown cane sugar, a pint of pear juice and a bottle of turpentine , then dipped it all in the wooden tub again thoroughly thoroughly. That came to my mind.
    A wonderfully perverse whisky, very young, quite unreasonable and actually not really drinkable for off-beat snobs and connoisseurs. Nevertheless, the spirit reveals in my opinion that at Wolfburn right experts are at work. People who understand their craft so well that in a few years they will make a fine addition to the scene. I'm almost sure.
    Because despite the clear immature turpentine notes missing pronounced metallic notes and it is then noticeable on the second, thorough review of the first impression that now there are hints of wood and a fine, restrained spiciness, but lacking any sharpness. So something must be basically a very successful distillate.
    And although the spirit has a different character, I remembered Kilchoman about 5 years ago, when I came into contact with the 2012 Machir Bay for the first time around 2013. Even if the comparison already had more maturity and the klichoman spirit is quite different.
    Of course, around 42-44 euros are actually too expensive for this whisky, which also does not offer much more than a roughly similar (and also slightly too bad rated) Glen Grant Majors' reserve, which it was for under 20 euros. Of course, this cheap bottling can not keep up with the great in my eyes "128er" Wolfburn. But she does not have to. For all lovers of younger whisky or those who want to feel the evolution of a spirit in the maturing process for the price in the current market situation quite a recommendation. Because with a very slightly smoky and basically mild-fruity whisky, no master distiller can perform better after just 3 years of maturity for the price.

  43. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2017/11/27/malt-n-copper-smoke-fire/

    Three year old whisky with a phenol rating of 10ppm.

    N: Well tempered, clean, soft, forgiving & malleable. Creamy/oily with notes of old man/BO [it gets better], mineral oak, sesame husk, airborne [nut] yeasts, sweet lemon stuff [meringue, Chris], waxed jacket lining, pickle, shandy and Appletiser.
    T: Light tiptoe arrival on apricots & weetabix in milk, salty prickles, smokey-firm sweetcorn and husky barley. Modestly dry.
    F: Light smokey ashy pea skins with dry cocoa on the finish. Short.
    C: Nothing stands out as blatantly engineered and it’s fairly rounded with no obvious faults. Feels established. Only a feeling that improved casks would push it into the Chichibu league, up next.Scores a C[+]

  44. LiquidThoughts scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Quite drinkable, but stands behind the Aurora for me and a mile away from the Batch 128
    • Nose
      Moist hay, honey rather light, bio resin, noble peat, oregano and vanilla, dry ham in the nose already, some baker's flavors, some pear with shell vllt.
    • Taste
      Extremely crusty crust, with fresh, light pear, oak chips, heather meadow, some salt in the distance, dry ham and the baker's flour, as well as the moist hay and light honey with resin
    • Finish
      Very dry with the bread still, medium, malt, heather, flour, pear without the pulp

  45. Hvdree scored this whisky 80 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      82 82
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      75 75

  46. MadScientist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      81 81

  47. MaltMusings did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    This is a lovely dram , it's different from the No. 128 more orchard rather than citrus fruits. You wouldn't guess it was only 3 or 4 years old, showing that Wolfburn have some excellent spirit which through the use of some good wood is maturing into great whisky - get some!https://malt-musings.blogspot.co.uk/2017/08/gbmm2017-wolfburn-distillery.html
    • Nose
      Pear drops dominate with a little salt, over time vanilla and peat smoke develop with the pear drops changing to more pear and apple fruit.
    • Taste
      Sweet and oily on the tongue with a little peat smoke with them orchard fruits coming through again with a little spice.
    • Finish
      Drying with a long smokey finish.

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