Wolfburn Batch no.128 70cl 46%
The lighted peated spirit of 128 has been matured in slightly unusual 100 litre (close to the size of a Quarter Cask) first-fill ex-bourbon casks. Smaller casks usually mature at a faster rate given the higher level of contact between liquid and wood.
NOSE: Initial big hit of tobacco smoke – this subsides very quickly and is no longer discernible after a short period of resting. Lemon peels are sweetened by toffee, honey and vanilla notes. Warming peat is ever-present, but never overwhelming and is part heathery, part smoky. There’s an underlying earthiness and mild salinity, both of which I’d associate with Wolfburn’s spirit.
PALATE: Sweet honey first and then apples, and honey-dew melons make for a really fresh, crisp and clean experience. Light vanilla, and light smoke, as with the nose, the peating is very sympathetic. Again, there’s quite some difference when rested with development lengthened and flavours deeper and more complicated.