Wolfburn Highland Single Malt Scotch Whisky (750ml)
Wolfburn is located in the town of Thurso along the northern coast of Scotland just across from Orkney, making it by far Scotland's most-northerly Highland distillery. It was in 2011, when the Scotch renaissance really began to gain momentum, that the team behind the facility visited the site of the old Wolfburn distillery, originally built in 1821, and found nothing left but a pile of stones after nearly 150 years of neglect. The site had taken its name, however, from the nearby water source, a cold, clear stream that still remained intact. The land was purchased in 2012 and by the beginning of 2013 the distillery was up and running. Now in 2016, three years after distillation began, we're getting a sneak peak at the whisky's potential, and the initial taste is truly something special. Even at the bare minimum of maturity, the soft-fruited, malty core of Wolfburn's resurrected malt whisky is delightful, highlighted by a faint whisper of peat smoke on the finish. Never does the spirit taste rough or rugged in its youth, but rather creamy and precocious for its age. Those looking for something in between Highland Park and Glenmorangie (both literally and figuratively) will be pleased. Wolfburn is a new addition to the Scotch distillery canon that offers joyous whisky for the present and true promise for the future.