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Highlands Region Scotland Wolfburn Distillery

Wolfburn Morven

Review of Morven, the Wolfburn peat(ish).

Origin: Highlands (Scotland)
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Gradation: 46%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-bourbon and ex-Quarter Casks
Chillfiltered: No
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Wolfburn Distiller
Average price: € 60.00
Official website: wolfburn.com
Vote: 78/100

With this Wolfburn we add another very recent distillery to the blog gallery.
In 2011, a group of investors decided to revive this historic business that had been operating in the far north of mainland Scotland (further north than even Old Pulteney) over a century and a half ago. Production began in 2013, the first bottlings arrived in 2016, and this Morven, their first peated, was added the following year.
It’s a 10ppm malt, so very lightly peated, aged around four and a half years in a mix of first and second passage ex-Bourbon casks and virgin quarter casks. It’s bottled at 46% with no chillfiltration or added colouring.

The colour is almost transparent, except for a few small, brighter streaks.
The nose is immediately peated, mineral and marine, followed by young cereal, Granny apple, lemon zest and cut grass. Intriguing, despite its youth.
The palate is pungent, with notes of salted liquorice, more citrus, and some woody notes (vanilla above all) followed by a barley malt biscuit sweetness.
Medium finish with notes of seaweed, ash, and more malt.

This is clearly a young whisky, but quite promising.
If it weren’t for the boutique brand price, it would be a really good entry-level product in the peat world due to its gentleness and pleasantness.
Recommended only for lovers of gentle peat.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Wolfburn Silent Night

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