Many readers of our newsletter will have experienced our first small-batch whisky, Batch 128, which received glowing reviews when it was released in July last year. Wolfburn now has another treat in store, in the form of Batch 270.
Like Batch 128, this new small-batch release has been matured in tiny 100-litre first-fill bourbon casks. Made from seriously high quality American oak, these casks impart a glorious depth of flavour to the spirit inside. Batch 270 differs from Batch 128 in that the spirit is unpeated – which allows the vanillins and sweetness from the bourbon cask to show themselves more strongly.
Here’s what leading whisky reviewer Dave Broom (www.scotchwhisky.com) had to say:
Nose: Fresh and lightly fruity; the aroma of tinned pears and apple combined with the sweet dustiness of a woollen mill and a light vegetal note behind. Has this mix of sweetness which flirts with oiliness, but then bursts into fragrant white fruit blossom. Water brings out a more obviously youthful side, but there’s real class here.
Palate: Direct, with quite fleshy fruit – those apples and pears with added ripe melon, some sweet mash, while the florals are more bluebell-like. The mid-palate remains sweet and well-balanced. Again only on the back-palate (and with water) do you get the sense of its age.
Finish: Jersey ice cream