U.S. Success For Wolfburn – Scotch Whisky News
U.S. Success For Wolfburn
Wolfburn whisky has won a Double Gold Medal in its first American competition. Entered into the prestigious “Fifty Best” awards, Wolfburn’s Northland expression beat numerous other single malt whiskies to take the highest accolade.
“We’re over the moon,” commented Shane Fraser, Wolfburn distillery manager. “Sales in North America have been very strong in our first year but we never expected to win an award this quickly. Needless to say, we’re chuffed to bits.”
The Fifty Best is a long-established competition with entries from all over Scotland – and the world. Full results can be found at http://www.thefiftybest.com/spirits/best_no_age_statement_scotch/
“When we built Wolfburn distillery we did it with the aim of producing world class whisky,” states Iain Kerr, deputy manager. “We’re all of us stickers for detail, and in keeping an eye on every production process we’ve managed to craft some truly superb whisky. And there’s plenty laid down for future releases too, so we’re set fair for the future too.”
Wolfburn’s Northland expression is made via a long and gentle production process, which creates a sweet, smooth spirit. This is matured in top-quality ex-bourbon quarter casks, which impart a mellow flavour to the spirit, making a wonderfully easy-drinking and enjoyable whisky. The results are “I’ve enjoyed it from the very first dram,” says Shane, “It’s lovely to see it gaining worldwide recognition so quickly.”
The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded just to the west of Thurso by William Smith in 1821. In its day it was one of the largest distilleries in Scotland, producing, according to HMRC records, 28,056 “gallons of proof spirit” in a single year. Taking its name from the stream that provided the water – the Wolf Burn – the distillery operated until around 1870. The reasons for its closure are lost in time, but by 1877 the newly produced Ordnance Survey maps showed it being in ruins.
In 2011 plans were laid to resurrect the old distillery. Construction began in mid-2012 and in January 2013 the new Wolfburn Distillery commenced production, thereby becoming the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland. Situated 300m from the site of the original distillery, the new Wolfburn operates in much the same way as the old: craftsmen use traditional methods to produce fine spirit, which is laid down in best quality oak casks to await the day when it is bottled as single malt scotch whisky. Wolfburn’s first expressions were launched globally in 2016.
Wolfburn Distillery, Henderson Park, Thurso, Caithness KW14 7XW