About the Distillery
The Wolfburn Distillery has reawakened the spirit of Scotland’s rugged north shore, crafting whisky like it was made over a hundred years ago. Spirit produced by craftsmen made by hand, using only the finest ingredients and without haste.
Situated in Thurso in the Highland whisky region of Scotland this distillery was originally first producing spirit in 1821 where it was named Wolfburn after the watercourse it drew from. Now most would relate ‘burn’ to something hot but in Scotland the word ‘burn’ relates to a small stream or small river.
The distillery produced around 125,000 litres of spirit in 1826 where it would employ many workers from the local town. As a family owned business through most of its existance the distillery is to be recorded to have run till 1850 and the distillery was left to battle the wild northern weather where it eventually was declared a ruin. It is not known why the distillery stopped producing spirit but the methods used were never forgotten.
In 2011 the old distillery site was found and more research was carried out to help create a new distillery in Thurso. Purchase of land and plans were completed in May 2012 and before long on January 25th 2013 the distillery started to produce new spirit. This spirit was the first since there was a reward of $16,000 for Ned Kelly – Dead or alive.
The distillery uses the traditional methods of milling, mashing, fermentation and distillation to produce its spirit. The distillation is performed in two large pot stills which produce 3,500 litres per week. After the spirit is created its now time to fill sherry butts, bourbon barrels and quarter casks and allow the spirit to to slowly mature till it is ready to be bottled. Of course through the time it is maturing it’s only polite to offer some of the spirit to the Angels.
The Wolfburn motif is taken from a drawing by Konrad Gesner who was a 16th century linguist and zoologist. It was said that the wolf was a common sight in the far north of Scotland and on the coast it was said to have a supernatural relative – the sea-wolf. According to the lore of the time the sea-wolf ‘liveth both on land and sea’ and would give good luck to anyone fortunate to see it.
We recommend trying the whisky from this distillery at such a young age and following its path as it forms a new life.