Wolfburn

The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821. In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year. Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn - the distillery operated until the 1860s. The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by the 1870s the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.

Information about the Distillery
23 Bottles
Scotland, Highlands
-3.550857 58.595596
Active
2012
125,000 l
http://www.wolfburn.com/
Average tasting notes Tasting Notes
Calculated from 33 Tasting Notes
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Nosing
Fruit:
Sweet:
Malt:
Peat Smoke:
Seaweed:
Maritime Notes:
Wheat:
Vanilla:
Zitrus:
Lemon:
Oak:
Barley:
Honey:
Sherry:
Pineapple:
Nuts:
Spices:
Apple:
Plum:
Lime:
Caramel:
Oil:
Pear:
Cinnamon:
Tasting
Fruit:
Nuts:
Sweet:
Spices:
Peat Smoke:
Herb:
Malt:
Coffee:
Dark Chocolate:
Honey:
Alcohol:
Chocolate:
Grape:
Floral:
Herbs:
Barley:
Wheat:
Chili:
Sherry:
Pepper:
Lemon:
Zitrus:
Vanilla:
Grass:
Oak:
Apple:
Plum:
Walnut:
Oil:
Pear:
Almonds:
Finish
Peat Smoke:
Sweet:
Fruit:
Malt:
Nuts:
Spices:
Sherry:
Vanilla:
Oak:
Caramel:
Alcohol:
Chocolate:
Salt:
Apple:
Plum:
Orange:
Dark Chocolate:
Pepper:
Oil:
Pear:
Fig:
Chili:
Herb:
Maritime Notes:
Zitrus:
Details about the Distillery

History

The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821. In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year. Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn - the distillery operated until the 1860s. The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by the 1870s the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.


In 2011, plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in mid-2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland. Situated 350m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as whisky.  

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