Whisky number 2 of the 2017 BTC. This is a small batch offering from Wolfburn, a relatively new distillery who only started releasing 3 year old whiskies a couple of years ago, and who took the title of northernmost mainland distillery from Old Pulteney. Again I my guess was a bit far off, in this case because I’ve only tried Wolfburn’s initial offering before this. This is from batch no. 128 (duh) and was interestingly enough matured in half-sized bourbon barrels and was Wolfburn’s first peated malt (they previously just used peated casks).
To the credit of the dram I guessed it was an older whisky and while not a huge hit in my books it had a really nice dirty, old style character which I like (and which influenced my guess).
Initial Impressions: Seems quite thin. No bubbles, quick thin legs, assuming 43-46%. Colour is pale straw/light gold. Slightly dirty nose. Some peat to it but light, by no means a monster. Possibly sherried, but if so refill and young.
Guess: Glen Scotia 12, Ugly Highland Cow Label (https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/38751/glen-scotia-12-year-old)
Aged 3 years. 46% ABV. No colourant added.
Nose: Familiar but not. Quite malty. Behind that grass and quite a musty smell, like dunnage and old books. Marzipan. Oranges. Honey. Anise. Wintergreen.Some boiled sweets and wine gums too.
Palate: Watery palate. Interesting peat character here, not Islay for sure, Highland/Speyside maybe, could also just be very heavy virgin oak. There’s also some bitter wood and dried apples, some salt, not much above that.
Finish: The flavourful part is short, light smoke and bitter wood. Dry feeling and slight warmth lingers.
Would I buy this: No
Would I order this in a bar: Yes
Would I drink this if someone gave me a glass: Yes
I quite enjoyed this one though it did feel a little weak on the palate which was unfortunate, but much potential here for the distillery. A peated Wolfburn is a very tricky whisky to taste blind so no surprise that only one person guessed the distillery correctly.