Showing posts with label Wolfburn Latitude. Show all posts
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Wolfburn Latitude

 “Mr. Peatyful”

Whisky Review # 1002

Country: Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿
Region: Northern Highlands
Brand: Wolfburn Latitude
Type: Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Age: NAS
Alcohol By Volume (ABV): 46%
Maturation: (First-Fill) Ex-Bourbon Casks
Chill Filtration: No
Price Range: US$ 60-90 (December 2023)
Price/Quality Ratio: 😑 A little expensive for what it offers.
Buying Advice: 😐 Not bad but if you like the profile go for young Islay Malt.

Colour: Pale White Wine (Natural Colour)


Light, a little Thin and relatively Young. There's a bit of Varnish and Nail Remover in the air. It's lightly peated with a cold bonfire in the background. Through it all some Sweet Yellow Fruit and Musty Farm notes can we found. The Alcohol is noticeable.

Main Aromas:

Toasted Barley, Dough, Yeast, Earthy Peat, Cold Smoke, A mixture of Burnt Straw, Compost & Cow Manure, Ashes, Green Apple, Pear, Dusty Oak and Mustard.    

Supportive Aroma Accents:

Honey, Vanilla, Caramel, Lemon Biscuits, Smoked Ham, Bell Pepper, Mixed Dried Fruit and Nuts, Slivovitz, Leather, Herbs and Pepper.


Young, Medium-Dry, slightly Hot and a little Thin. A mix of Sweet, Sour and slightly Bitter notes. More Grass and less Manure on the Palate.

Main Flavours:

Toasted Barley, Salted Caramel, Dough, Yeast, Green Apple, Pear, Earthy Peat, Cold Smoke, Grass, Burnt Heather, Charred Oak, Leather, Pepper, Ginger and Menthol.
Supportive Flavour Accents:

Honey, Toffee, Vanilla, Ashes, Lemon, Grapefruit, Gooseberries, Dusty Road, Milk Chocolate, Tobacco, Nut Shells, Grilled Bacon and Pineapple, Tutti-Frutti Toothpaste and Plastic.


Short/Middle-Long, Bitter-Sweet & a little Hot. Some Sour Fruit developing towards the Medium-Dry end. I find Toasted Barley, Buttered Toast, Vanilla, Caramel, Honey, Yeast, Earthy Peat, Cold Smoke, Ashes, Green Apple, Pear, Grapefruit, Dusty Oak, Nuts, Smoked Ham, Leather, Tobacco, Pepper, Ginger, Menthol, Licorice and Tutti-Frutti toothpaste. Hints of Plastic, Metal and Nut Shells.

Drinking Advice:

Added Water diminishes the Heat but you're basically left with a peated German Obstler (Fruit Brandy) or Slivovitz.

Rating: 6.5 (******1/2)

Nose: 7 - Taste: 6.5 - Finish: 6.5

*** Important Note with respect to Rating.

If the Final score is above 8 you can safely buy the whisky in question if and when it fits your Aroma/Flavor profile. If the score is between 6 and 8 you might want to try it out in the form of a sample or if offered at a good price. Anything below 6 should be left alone when you are looking for a nice sipping whisky. You might still like it of course & I realize pricing is an important item for many whisky fans especially when you are used to enjoy whisky in a cocktail or a mixed drink.

Drinking Experience Neat: Okay but quite Young and Rough.


Wolfburn is a young distillery. It was founded in 2013 on the outskirts of Thurso, very close to the ruins of the old Wolfburn distillery that was founded in 1821 but closed down at the end of the 19th century. Wolfburn is owned by Aurora Brewing Ltd and has a current production capacity of 135.000 litres. The core range includes the 10 Year old, Northland, Aurora, Morven and Langskip. We visited the distillery in May 2019 and enjoyed it. Certainly worth a visit! The Latitude I'm reviewing today was launched at first for the Travel Retail market. In the meantime it's available on the Internet as well.

I'm really curious to taste the Wolfburn 10 years as it probably will show what some maturation can do to the Fruity Wolfburn spirit. Because Maturation is exactly what this Latitude lacks. It's not bad and the spirit is indeed quite Fruity. But without the proper maturation it reminds me more of a peated Obstler than anything else. I think that this Distillery is on the right track and in time will produce very nice Malt Whisky. But if you like this Aroma/Flavour profile you're better off with a young Islay Malt for the time being.


Jan van den Ende                                                                   December 14, 2023