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Wolfburn Northland Single Malt

(70cl, 46%)

Wolfburn Northland Single Malt

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Wolfburn Northland Bottling Note

Becoming Scotland's northernmost mainland whisky producing distillery when it released its first single malt in March 2016, Wolfburn is built just 350m away from the ruins of the 19th century distillery from which it takes its name. With long fermentation, slow manual distillation and maturation taking place at least partly in quarter casks that previously held peated whisky from Islay, this is a release we've eagerly anticipated!

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Orchard fruits, apple pie, a fresh maltiness, almonds, magnolia and a suggestion of smoke

Palate: Honey Nut Clusters breakfast cereal, sweet spices, chocolate croissant, more honey towards the end, and a subtle earthy peatiness.

Finish: Long and fresh, with even more rich honey notes

Overall: A deliciously complex single malt from one of Scotland’s newer distilleries - they are hitting it out of the park!

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Wolfburn Northland Single Malt Reviews

Smooth and smokey.

If you like peaty and smoky single malts this is one to try. I look forward to trying it aged. Very smooth for a bairn with floral, fruity and smooth subtle smoky peat finish. I will enjoy this one!

23rd May 2020

Buy this whiskey!

It was included in my recent Flaviar box. It is a superior single malt whiskey that drinks very smooth

26th April 2020

Very clever stuff

A mixed bag of reviews. I'd say some seem to know their stuff more than others? Of course it's down to personal preference and palate, but this most certainly doesn't deserve any bad reviews. This dram isn't trying to be anything other than what it states. It's N. A. S. We can taste its young but why should that be an issue? I'm at odds with the M.O.M boys tasting notes this time. Not apples for me, more pineapple, melon and grape. The finish is short as you'd expect for a three year old, but it's complexity it's exstemly clever stuff. This to me is a spring time snifter, full of the promise to come. Young fresh and vibrant.

6th March 2020

Smooth smokey!!👍


3rd January 2020

Most enjoyable, but too pricey

I discovered this purely by chance recently at my local, which stocks an impressive array of spirits. Someone had ordered it and I was immediately struck by its almost colourless appearance. So I ordered one... and liked what I tasted. Accordingly, I've looked it up and I agree with one or two comments posted that the price is too high. At a time when better-known brands are having to lower their prices to be affordable, this is too costly. Were it as sensibly priced as they are, I would have no hesitation in buying several bottles.

28th December 2019

Too young, just sharp.

Much too young, just sharp. Tasted it in a restaurant, that was enough.

20th December 2019

mellow smokey peaty

For me it strikes all the right notes. slightly mellow, slightly smokey, slightly peaty.

19th December 2019

Too sharp.

High ABV is sharp. Not much flavor. Some sweetness to the nose. Some honey in the finish.

19th December 2019

the Welsh award winning single malt "Penderyn" is also a 3 year old maltand like the Wolfburn Northland,you do not pick up awards for mediocre releases,why wait for 10 or 15 Yea

The Welsh award winning single malt "Penderyn" is also bottled at 3 years old, as is the "Wolfburn Northland", and you do not win awards as these whiskies have done, for a below par product,
why wait for 5 or 10 years, when this young release is so very very good, perhaps a little on the expensive side, but still a beautifully complex flavoured tipple to savour and enjoy

6th December 2019

Smooth fire

A beautiful smooth satisfying malt a complex collage of dried fruit vanilla, honey & fire with a suggestion of smoke. An instant favourite that reeks of quality.

23rd October 2019

Pretty Good

This is a surpsisingly good whisky for how young it is but it is a little overpriced in my opinion. Nose is of fresh green apples and a slight hint of smoke, flavor is about the same with a dash of honey but it is clearly very young whisky and that is apparent in the taste. Not bad but too much for something so young I'd rather buy Glenlivet 12 honestly. Worth trying once though and I look forward to older bottlings from Wolfburn in the future. The Sugarbear

14th May 2019

Huge well done

Just found this newbie in Finland. Very very nice. Lots of sweetness with honey, not too peaty, like alot of the wolffang (bite) on the tongue. A bit of butter but not burned.

5th April 2019

Highly recommended.

Shockingly good! I’m a convert. Gentle, very complex for a young scotch, imminently drinkable.

28th February 2019

It was OK. Not my favourite scotch.

It was OK. Not my favourite Scotch.

30th December 2018


It's okay, I like how much smoke it has for an Highland whisky,

25th November 2018

Not a peated fan personally

Once upon a time I probably would have really enjoyed this but I'm generally not a fan of peated these days.

So coming from a neutral place. It's ok. A tad harsh but perfectly drinkable and I dare say in coming years it will be lovely.

20th September 2018

Look forward to trying older vintages when they become available

I managed to get a sample of a friend wow I was pleasantly surprised. So on my next trip up north I will be calling into the Distillery Shop.

22nd August 2018

By now, my favourite NAS whisky

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.

16th January 2018

Young, yes, but these chaps are doing everything right!

Ignore the age-snobs and nay-sayers, this is a fabulous whisky. Of course it's young, but it's a beautifully made spirit delivered at 46% , non chill-filtered, great wood regime, exactly as it should be - clean, crisp and full of flavour. Of course it will develop more complexity with age, but it's already well worth your money. Can't wait to see how good this will be at 10 or 12 years old.
The Aurora and Morven expressions are just as good. They've certainly won me over, and I've been a single malt Scotch fan since the early 90s, Ardbeg and Glenmorangie being particular favourites.

2nd December 2017

An old soul in a young whisky

Excellent early showing. The nose is really a treat with hints of melon and sweetness that can't quite be pinned down. Honey arrival and that slight hint of peat is well balanced. For a young whiskey I was impressed and really look forward to the 8-10 year version. I have to say the one review stating harsh much have confused it with something else. This is the *opposite* of harsh.

18th November 2017


This a beautiful surprise find. Can't believe it is so young. Smooth with a hint of peatiness.
Rapidly has become one of my favourites

30th September 2017


The marketing refers to its proximity to the original distillery which is superfluous, its NEW and cannot compete (at present)with established malts , however that doesn't stop it charging a comparable price.

27th August 2017

Accessible for the beginner, complexity and depth for the experienced.

Saw this Scotch in Japan and grabbed a bottle. Very pleasantly surprised. Young but you really wouldn't think it compared to other young whiskies out there. Sweet and malty. Lots to savour as you taste. These guys really know what they are doing up there. Yeah man, grab a bottle of this stuff and try something new, shared with friends and disappeared quickly. Great packaging and me dad's getting one for fathers day now. Sorted.

13th June 2017

Blind taste: Stunning liquid!

Blind tasting: Couldn't (and still can't) believe this is so young. At just 3yo I wasn't expecting the complexity of aromas on the nose or flavours on the palate in what would best be described as a gently satisfying dram. One of the few newer producers whom I'd enthusiastically recommend. It's youth giving rise to grape/citrus but rounding out beautifully with a depth of nuttiness and salt/peat that has good length without residual harsh alcohols as one might have expected. This 3yo has become resident in my collection, as will future expressions I'm sure.

13th June 2017

Truly lovely and well worth a try

Truly excellent - massively impressive for a young whisky (I'm told it's now a four year old). A bold nose, full palate (dried fruits, nuts, and a surprising amount of sweetness). The finish is long with just a trace of smoke. Well worth a try.

13th June 2017


Absolutely surprising, especially the final with the long "almond paste" flavour. From the first smell to the end it is a beautiful surprise. Really worth it. A wonderful young dram !

1st June 2017

Tip top

One of the best whisky, really enjoyed

1st April 2017

Thumbs up

Purchased in Andorra, recommeded after a little taster session, very happy with it. Ticks all the boxes for me - long taste, light smoke and good depth of flavour. Age is not a problem.

25th January 2017

A nice dram

This has been another pleasant surprise in my whiskey advent calendar. Not my favourite but a solid whiskey and I would never have guessed that it was so young. It tastes a little unrefined but very drinkable and leaves a lovely warmth on the finish

11th December 2016

2016 Advent Calendar Notes

This whisky has an astringent nose with a wee bit of citrus and almost no peat to it while the palate is more bold in its smoke though still mild and reasonable for the average drinker, and the finish leaves me wanting . . . something. I can see a future in this expression though it is not quite there yet for me. I can't help but compare it to the young (3 year) Kilchoman I had when they first released it which had more character and potential. Though, like a Hot Prospect footballer--I am looking at you, Zach Clough--worth keeping an eye on for the future.

8th December 2016

quite promising

Considering it is a 3yo it was born very well! The nose is a bit flat or perhaps "vague" at first but get more intense and defined after a few minutes. The taste is pleasant on the palate, some dried fruits a bit on the salty side with an oily texture (something like in a Scapa) it is definitely oceanic. On the minus side, it is still a bit alcoholic with a winy second taste and smell. The final is impressively long for a 3 yo but again the alcoholic note is there. Honestly a bit too expensive at the moment but certainly the best young whisky I've tried. It certainly has some promise for the future. Worth the try :-) (i love my advent calendar everyday a bit more!)

4th December 2016

Three Years Old!!?

In my whisky advent calendar and a lovely surprise. Sweetness and depth.

4th December 2016


Towards the salty side

3rd December 2016

Despite it's youth , some complexity. Future is bright.

Some reviews are bizarre. Apparently because its only 3 years, it 'barely counts as a whisky'. This is a new distillery, a massive project. Hardly going to sit on their thumbs staring at oak for 10 years are they ?! Likewise the price ? Well, how much investment must have gone into this ? I'm happy to cut them some slack. New entrants, new distilleries , new investment is a good thing . Simple as that.
How about enjoying it for what it is and reflect on the story behind it and what it is is a wonderfully crafted, yes youthful and fruity whisky with a layer of peat from rest in ex-islay barrels.

5th November 2016

Wolfburn single malt first tasting

Definey dried fruit tones for the palate, with just a hint of peat and with many coherent shades. Acidity tendency and white dry wine flavour dominant for the nose.

29th October 2016

It's officially whisky, but don't expect too much.

I tried this at the Whisky Show and bought a bottle. With my palate now normalised I sort of wish I'd spent my money on an older whisky. It's a very young whisky and it tastes like it, lots of grappa type flavour and a little of the above in the tasting notes. I think when their whiskies are a little older they will be excellent, but as it is, this is a novelty whisky that I think they should sell with the option of a 35cl bottle.

5th October 2016


Liked it so much went out and bought another bottle

4th October 2016

The next big thing

Sometime, maybe 9 years time (2025) Wolfburn will be an amazing 12y/o beacuse this 3 y/o has the making of a truly special whisky, it tastes already better than some 9 y/o's . Hopefully it will have lost the grappa aroma by then. So 2.5 stars not for whats in the glass, but for Wolfburn having the guts to get out there and make it happen.

14th August 2016

New and worth it

Young yes, but lovely drink. Pale straw color belies its complexity. Others have said it well -- floral, fruity taste with peaty finish. Peat seemed strong at first but only lingers a bit. Looking forward to getting better aquatinted with Wolburn single malt (starting with more of this initial bottle...).

4th August 2016

Young but tasty

3 years old, but taste like a 6 years old whisky. The best way i could describe it is : a mix between a Lowland and a Highland Park. It is very pleasant and honest, a great daily-dram.

Unchilfiltered, 46%, Natural color, such a great start.

I would recommend it easily. So sad the price is a bit too high (35-40€ would be perfect). I can't wait to see what this distillery will bring next time.

2nd July 2016

Cracking whiskey

Lovely whiskey dosent take like a 3year old would recommend

12th June 2016

3 YEAR OLD - avoid - avoid

Awful - its JUST THEE YEARS OLD so barely counts as whisky - yet I paid £45. Disgusted how the marketing does not mention its callow youth.

On the nose, harsh unevolved raw spirit is obvious. Taste is better - I would have guessed this to be a VERY young lowland 'cos grassy citrus notes - and supported by some oak. Finish.. well its not nice. The quarter casks used for maturing do help, but they dont make up for the lack of maturity. Shameful that this was released at all.

The rest of the bottle is undrinkable - maybe use for steak + whisky sauce. Just think I could have bought a bottle of longrow CV for less money.

5th June 2016

A sheep in wolfsclothing

What a Nice, sweet and harmonic dram This is. I bought This the day it was released in Holland. To be honest, more because of the fact that is was a brand new mark and that I love wolfs. I was surprises by its gorgeous taste and pretty long finish. It is oily, buttery, fruity (fresh!) and a bit spicy and hints of smoke. Tastes far more matured than it in fact is. Will buy another bottle if This one is empty, if there is any left in the shops.

15th April 2016

Scottish *mainland's* northernmost distillery

Both Scapa and Highland Park are further north, with the latter being Scotland's northernmost distillery. Dr J

30th March 2016

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