Spirit of the Week – Wolfburn Distillery ‘Langskip’ Single Malt

WORDS KEN GARGETT

The emergence of a new Scottish distillery, even if it is a resurrection of
an old one, will always attract attention, especially when they hit the
ground with an array of cracking malts and make a real splash on the show
circuit.

The original Wolfburn Distillery was founded back in 1821 but, by the 1870s,
was gone. Literally in ruins. The new distillery, the most northerly on the
Scottish mainland, was producing by 2013.

There is an array of new malts – ‘Northland’, ‘Morven’, ‘Small Batch 375’,
‘Aurora’ among others. For the ‘Spirit of the  Week’, it is impossible to go
past the exciting ‘Langskip’ Single Malt.

‘Langskip’ has just won the ‘Best in Show’ award, and double gold, at the
Singapore World Spirits Competition, amongst many other accolades.

At 58% ABV, it is no shrinking violet, but it is not strictly cask strength,
as the distillers believe that a tiny splash makes it a better drink. It was
put into first-fill Bourbon casks in 2013 and 2014, the oldest whisky the
new distillery has.

It has a lovely lemon curd note on the nose, richly spicy, a whiff of
vanilla and caramel. Powerful, balanced and long-lasting, there is an
undertow of saline freshness. A lovely creamy texture. All up, a cracking
whisky.

The name comes from the Norse longships once seen along the Caithness
coastline near the distillery. RRP $150

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