Provenance: Highlands (Scotland)
Typology: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Ageing barrels: Ex-bourbon and ex-Quarter Casks
Additional coloring: No
Owner: Wolfburn Distiller
Average price: €65.
Official website: https://wolfburn.com
Christmas, you know, is an opportunity to feel better, stay close to your loved ones (no more than six), exchange gifts and bring out special themed editions.
And even the northernst distillery in Scotland (islands excluded) didn’t fail to participate to the rite in 2020, with a bottling that borrows one of the most famous Christmas songs in the world, with part of the text on the label: a marketing wet dream!
Undeclared ageing (but probably young considering the age of the distillery), the result of the union of whiskies in ex-Bourbon and Quarter Cask that have contained Islay whisky (let’s guess which one?), the presence of peat is therefore expected but probably not very accentuated.
I take some moss and prepare to kiss the glass…
Straw yellow in the glass.
It’s young indeed, on the nose shows freshly cut grass along with a pinch of lavender, lots of cereal, honey, lemon peel. Sea air blows on top, with salt and iodine that fill the nostrils. Sparkling.
Banana and almonds enter the palate, with a splash of chili pepper, still accompanied by a lot of cereal biscuits, honey, chinotto, hazelnuts and a clear bitter hue, very pronounced, which resonates along the whole drink dotted with saline splashes. What about peat? An almost ethereal apparition on the background after a long while.
Medium length finish, ashy and savory with lemon, hazelnut, cereals.
A whisky that suffers for its youth, disordered, unbalanced, with that bitter vein that disrupts those flavors that would have had some interest. Too bad.