- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- 46.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Added on
- 14 Aug 2017 11:30 am by MaltMusings
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Whisky Reviews for Wolfburn Morven
30 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 80.84 points
- 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
Peat, Smoke, Tar
Peat, Toffee, vanilla, oak
Medium long, delicate, balanced, vanilla, ginger, very mild peat
- 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.
- Balance (21)
Youth is palpable, but I am pleasantly surprised (85)
Sweet malt, fruit, vanilla and slightly smoky. Pleasant but sweet. Over time, raw dough with salt (21.5)
Malt, vanilla fruit (21)
Creamy, dessert finish with a pinch of salt (21,5)
- It's not for buying a bottle. It's nice to drink, but it lacks complexity and maturity. But the percentage suits it.
Peat, vanilla cream, blown candle, pears and spices.
Smoky pear compote with an excess of spices. Pretty sweet. Quite distinctive.
Smoke, speculative. It's not too long, but it's intense. Pretty alcoholic.
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.
- 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).