The Malt Desk reviews Wolfburn

Wolfburn 3yo 46% ex-bourbon barrels & quarter casks (2016) – Distillery bottling


Colour is pale white wine



A sweet and very mellow nose with vanilla and some apple, lemon, ginger shortbread, green banana and warm laundry out of the dryer. Yes, its young whisky, but served blind I would have guessed around 6-7 years as it has no real rough edges – you really have to take you time to find just vague hints of real youth in this, very impressive in fact!



Just a slight bit more youth on the palate than on the nose, but still far from anything invasive. Lots of grassy and lemony notes. If left for a short while it gets slightly more fruity with nectarines coming through, along with ginger and a bit of vanilla again. Eventually some green grapes and an acidic and peppery and drying punch comes along with some cooling cucumber notes towards the very finish – a finish which is surprisingly long for such a young whisky!


OK, this is perhaps not a super complex of whisky, but people, it’s just 3 years old and what they’ve managed at Wolfburn in such a short time is really commendable and its probably some of the best 3yo whisky I’ve tried.


Gonna love watching this one grow up… it definitely has potential!