Wolfburn, Sie erinnern sich noch? 2013 haben wir schon einmal über diese Whiskybrauerei hoch im Norden der Highlands, aus Thurso berichtet (Bericht siehe hier).

caskAm 26. Januar 2013 wurden die ersten Fässer abgefüllt, und warten nun darauf verkostet zu werden. In der Zwischenzeit wurde auch der 2014er abgefüllt, und die ersten Fässer des 2015ers sind auch in die Lager gerollt worden. Wie die Destillerie berichtet, wird im Jahr 2016 der erste Whisky vom 2013 Batch ausgeliefert werden können. Mit Spannung warten wir auf die Gelegenheit den ersten Tropfen davon geniessen zu können.

In der Zwischenzeit hatte Steve Prentice vom Somersetwhisky.com Blog die Gelegenheit den neuen Whisky zu kosten.

Hier sein Bericht: 

New Make – 69.7%

Nose: Sweet and fruity, nearly floral, touches of licorice, plenty of barley. Palate: Similar to the nose it’s sweet, fruity and full of barley, smoke hints. Finish: Shortish with hints of smoke, lots of sweetness and loads of barley. Thoughts: It’s hard to come up with too many tasting descriptors, but don’t get me wrong, I’ve tasted quite a lot of new make spirits now, and this is one of the best, cleanest spirits I’ve had the pleasure of tasting… if this is going into great casks then the whisky coming out of the other end in years to come is going to be amazing. Nearly 70% and smooth!

Wolfburn-at-WhiskySchiff9 Month Old – 63.8%

Info: ASB (American Standard Barrel) Cask – 200L – i.e. bourbon Nose: Not far off the new make notes, but with hints of honeycomb, citrus and farmyard. Palate: Already developing some thickness with hints of spice, honey and barley. Finish: The cask is a little more apparent on the finish, it’s longer than the new make and picks up touches of cask already, some nuts coming through at the end. Thoughts: It’s similar to the new make, but you can already see some cask influence starting to come through, and it’s already showing greatness.

18 Months Old – 63.5%

Info: Quarter Cask 2nd Fill. The small casks lead to increased wood contact and therefore quicker maturation. I’m expecting this to taste a little more advanced than above. Nose: New make barley notes are still there, but there’s increased butteriness and fruits. Palate: Already the cask is giving an excellent helping hand to the spirit, there’s smoothness, nuts, autumn fruits, but still the new make sweetness and barley lives on. Finish: Already there’s a medium length finish to this with some spices and sweetness. Thoughts: The spirit here seems to be coming on nicely, halfway through it’s journey to becoming whisky, at which point I think we’ll find something really interesting. Great call on the 2nd fill cask here; with the fast maturation and strong flavours a 1st fill cask gives it might overwhelm the young spirit. There’s already a slight North Eastern Highland type quality to this.

Overall Thoughts: It’s been really interesting to see how good the spirit is, and what journey it has taken so far in the cask. It looks like it’s going to be a great whisky, worth keeping an eye out for when the time comes.

WolfBurnSamps14Many thanks to Wolfburn for the spirit samples.

Ich glaube Sie gehen mit mir einig, wenn ich sage, dass was wir hier lesen, uns auf einen wundervollen Whisky hoffen lässt.

(Photos, Copyright by Wolfburn Distillery, Thurso)

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