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December 2013
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     WOLFBURN   DISTILLERY

Wolfburn is build 380 yards from the original Wolfburn distillery and dates back to 1821.

The distillery has exeeded production targets in its First year of operation with 811 casks filled with spirit.

Wolfburn in Thurso, Caithness started production January 25, 2013
WOLFBURN

Founded in 2012   
Region: Northern Highland
Owner is Aurora Brewing Ltd
Capacity: 120.000 litres

Now the most northerly distillery on Scottish mainland on a site a 350 metres from the place of the old Wolfburn distillery which was founded in 1821 and closed at the end of the 19th century.

Planning consent was received June 2012, construction work started in August 2012 and the first spirit came of the stills January 2013.

Wolfburn ia ecquipped with a 1.1 ton semi - lauter mash tun with a copper canopy, 3 wash backs made from stainless steel, bought from the closed Caperdonich distillery and 2 stills: 1 wash still 5.500 litres and a spirit still 3600 litres.

The malt is unpeated.

The spirit is laid down in ex - bourbon hogsheads, quarter casks, barrels and sherry butts.

Manager is Shane Fraser who came from Glenfarclas.

Wolfburn has produced 190.00 litres of spirit.

Wolfburn uses quarter- ex - bourbon hogsheads- and Spanish sherry butts.

Shane Fraser is manager from Wolfburn and cames from Glenfarclas.


WOLFBURN INFO

FIRST  RELEASE  46 %                            
Single Malt Scotch Whisky
Natural Colour
Hand Crafted
Non - Chill Filtered
Distilled, Matured and Bottled
in Thurso, Caithness, Scotland
Double Distilled in small Stills
for a fuller Flavour
Wolfburn Distillery, Thurso, Caithness.
The Sea - Wolf…

Wolfburn's motif is taken from a drawing by Konrad Gesner,
the 16th Century linguist and zoologist, and apears in his
work, "The History of Four - footed Beasts and Serpents".
In Gesner's day the wolf was a common sight in the far north
of Scotland and on the coast it was said to have supernatural
relative: the sea - wolf.

According to the lore of the time, the sea - wolf did, "liveth
both on sea and land". Gesner's woodcut is thought to show
the creature walking on water, but this is not the limit of its
gifts: the sea - wolf also brings good luck to all those forunate
enough to see it.

WOLFBURN  DISTILLERY

Wolfburn also Wolf Barn, may be the same as Geise, Caithness. W. Smith Co 1821 / 1830, William Smith 1830 / 1837, David Smith 1852.

REAWAKENING  THE  SPIRIT  OF  SCOTLAND'S  RUGGED  NORTH  SHORE.

FROM  THE  FAR  NORTH…

Situated on Scotland's rugged north coast, Wolfburn Distillery was first established in 1821,
rapidly becoming the largest distillery in Caithness.

Named after its water source ('burn' being the Scots word for stream). Wolfburn is the most
northerly whisky distillery on the Scottish mainland, and our master craftsmen fashion
their whisky the same way it was always made by hand, using only the finest ingredients, and without haste.

ENJOY  EVERY  DROP…

Wolfburn's smooth and warming flavour stems from the unhurried way in which the spirit
is made. Long fermentation is followed by gentle distillation, before the spirit is laid down
in the best quality oak casks. Our warehouses are beautifully dark and cool, providing the
perfect environment for the spirit to mature into world - class single malt whisky.

WOLFBURN DISTILLERY


HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

Wolfburn uses a 1.1 ton mash and draws off clear worts which are then given a long fermentation before distillation in a wash still with capacity of 5.5k litres, and a spirit still which can hold 3,600 litres. Maturation takes place in predominantly ex-Bourbon casks, but some ex-Sherry are used. Its new make is malty, fruity and sweet with a floral hint.



Thurso is the most northerly town on the British mainland, but perhaps surprisingly it didn’t have a distillery for over 160 years. The first plant, called Wolfburn after the distillery water source, was opened by William Smith in 1821 and was run by the same family until 1837. In the 1820s it was the largest producer in Caithness. It appears to have closed in 1837 before David Smith ran it for one year in 1852, though there are claims that it continued intermittently into the 1860s.

The opening of 21st century Wolfburn was more of an exercise in archaeology than a process of bringing a disused plant back to life. Little more than a mound of stones showed where the original site had been. Its new owners built as close as they could to the spot – and use the same water source. The ground was broken on August 2012 and production commenced on 25 January 2013.

TIMELINE

1821
The original Wolfburn distillery is opened by William Smith in Thurso
1837
The distillery ceases operation
1852
David Smith purchases the site and runs the distillery for just one year
2012
Aurora Brewing, a private consortium from Caithness, receive planning permission to rebuild Wolfburn 350m from the now ruins of the original distillery
2013
Production commences at Wolfburn
WOLFBURN FACTS

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
0.115
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
55-72hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
1
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam coils
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Pot still malt, PSY 400 LPA/tonne
MALT SUPPLIER i
Mutons, Bairds
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
65-72%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
100%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
3,600
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Pot still with bulge in neck
STILLS i
2 (1 wash, 1 spirit)
WAREHOUSING i
Dunnage (on site at Henderson Park)
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
5,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Pot still with bulge in neck
WASHBACK CHARGE (L) i
5,500
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
9,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
3
WATER SOURCE i
The Wolf Burn
YEAST TYPE i
Anchor dry yeast
OWNER

Aurora Brewing


Scotland’s most northerly mainland distillery takes its beastly name from its nearby water source.


HIGHLAND SINGLE MALT SCOTCH WHISKY

Wolfburn uses a 1.1 ton mash and draws off clear worts which are then given a long fermentation before distillation in a wash still with capacity of 5.5k litres, and a spirit still which can hold 3,600 litres. Maturation takes place in predominantly ex-Bourbon casks, but some ex-Sherry are used. Its new make is malty, fruity and sweet with a floral hint.


Thurso is the most northerly town on the British mainland, but perhaps surprisingly it didn’t have a distillery for over 160 years. The first plant, called Wolfburn after the distillery water source, was opened by William Smith in 1821 and was run by the same family until 1837. In the 1820s it was the largest producer in Caithness. It appears to have closed in 1837 before David Smith ran it for one year in 1852, though there are claims that it continued intermittently into the 1860s.

The opening of 21st century Wolfburn was more of an exercise in archaeology than a process of bringing a disused plant back to life. Little more than a mound of stones showed where the original site had been. Its new owners built as close as they could to the spot – and use the same water source. The ground was broken on August 2012 and production commenced on 25 January 2013.

TIMELINE

1821
The original Wolfburn distillery is opened by William Smith in Thurso
1837
The distillery ceases operation
1852
David Smith purchases the site and runs the distillery for just one year
2012
Aurora Brewing, a private consortium from Caithness, receive planning permission to rebuild Wolfburn 350m from the now ruins of the original distillery
2013
Production commences at Wolfburn
WOLFBURN FACTS

CAPACITY (MLPA) i
0.115
CONDENSER TYPE i
Shell and tube
FERMENTATION TIME i
55-72hrs
FILLING STRENGTH i
63.5%
GRIST WEIGHT (T) i
1
HEAT SOURCE i
Steam coils
MALT SPECIFICATION i
Pot still malt, PSY 400 LPA/tonne
MALT SUPPLIER i
Mutons, Bairds
MASH TUN TYPE i
Semi Lauter
NEW-MAKE STRENGTH i
65-72%
SINGLE MALT PERCENTAGE i
100%
SPIRIT STILL CHARGE (L) i
3,600
SPIRIT STILL SHAPE i
Pot still with bulge in neck
STILLS i
2 (1 wash, 1 spirit)
WAREHOUSING i
Dunnage (on site at Henderson Park)
WASH STILL CHARGE (L) i
5,500
WASH STILL SHAPE i
Pot still with bulge in neck
WASHBACK CHARGE (L) i
5,500
WASHBACK SIZE (L) i
9,000
WASHBACK TYPE i
Stainless steel
WASHBACKS i
3
WATER SOURCE i
The Wolf Burn
YEAST TYPE i
Anchor dry yeast
OWNER

Aurora Brewing logo
CURRENT OWNER

Aurora Brewing
2013 - present
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