Malt Whisky Yearbook 2018 * The most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland, Wolfburn, is situated in an industrial area on the outskirts of Thurso.
There are four, large, newly constructed buildings of which one is the distillery, while the other three are warehouses and a bottling plant. The owners have chosen a site that is situated 350 meters from the ruins of the old Wolfburn Distillery. Construction work commenced in August 2012 and the first newmake came off the stills at the end of January 2013. From the very onset, before the equipment was ordered, the company hired Shane Fraser as the distillery manager. Shane had previously managed Glenfarclas.
The distillery is equipped with a 1.1 ton semi-lauter stainless steel mash tun with a copper canopy, four stainless steel washbacks with a fermentation time of 70-92 hours, holding 5,500 litres each, one wash still (5,500 litres) and one spirit still (3,600 litres). Each mash takes about 6 hours and the run in the spirit stills is 10 minutes of foreshots, 2 of spirits cut and 2 hours on feints. Wolfburn uses a mix of casks: approximately one third of the spirit is laid down in ex-bourbon quarter casks, a further third is in ex-bourbon hogsheads as well as barrels, and the final third is laid down in ex-sherry butts.
The main part of the malt is unpeated and the intention is to create a smooth whisky. However, since 2014, a lightly peated (10 ppm) spirit has also been produced. The inaugural bottling from the distillery appeared in early 2016 and had a smoky profile due to the fact that it had partly been matured in quarter casks from Islay. This limited release was followed by a more widely available bourbon matured whisky which in September 2016 was re-named Northland. At the same time a second bottling appeared, Aurora, which had been partly matured in oloroso sherry casks. A range of limited releases named Kylver started in summer 2016 and so far two varieties have been launched.*
Anschrift: Henderson Park, gb KW14 7XW Thurso