Wolfburn Morven Lightly Peated Single Malt Scotch Whisky (700ml)
Added to the range in late 2017 is this lightly peated expression from Scotland's northernmost mainland distillery. The whisky is named after the highest peak in Caithness which is surrounded by open moors and wetlands. It's from here that the peat has been harvested.Manager, Shane Fraser adds, "The original 19th Century Wolfburn Distillery was fired by peat. So for us, producing a peated whisky is a reflection of history. The link with our heritage is hugely important – our whisky is all made by hand in the traditional way, with a focus on quality throughout the entire production process." Matured in both ex-bourbon barrels and quarter casks and bottled without chill filtration. Other reviews... NOSE. Young and fresh. There's a distant mineral, ozonic, salty, clam broth, dashi thing going on, but in the background. The main aromas come from fresh barley and a green element, like cobnut, birch sap wine, rain-dampened moss. Slowly some smoke comes through, making things all rather refreshing and cool. As you inhale, there's some heather. Water does show up a slightly edginess, as if the peat needs to jostle its way in a little more. PALATE. It has that Wolfburn (and how great it is to write that line?) fatness of spirit adding roundness and body - especially to the mid-palate. That saltiness is here as well. Water softens it down and also links the different elements well, but never losing character. There's a light chilli flake heat, but the soft fruits on the mid-palate are key. FINISH. Spice, cereal and light smoke. CONCLUSION. Just at the start of its maturity. Think of it as a northern Kilchoman. 46% Alc./Vol.