No bottles or even memories of the original Wolfburn whisky survive from the 19th Century. From what little the records show, Wolfburn distillery was at the time one of the largest producers in the county, yet all would have been consumed within the borders of Caithness, such was the demand for ‘uisge beatha’ (‘the water of life’) by the locals. Few if any bottles made it down the rutted road or by sea to the capital’s Georgian drinking houses and if any did, none remain.In May 2011 one of our team went to locate the site of the old Wolfburn distillery in Thurso, Caithness. After 150 years of neglect what we found was a barely discernible pile of stones but one thing remained from the yesteryears of Wolfburn distillery; the water. The cold clear waters that fed the mash tun and stills all those years ago were still flowing just as they always had, and if the Wolf Burn was still there then we reckoned the whisky could be too.
Using both un-peated and peated malt the stillmen of Wolfburn distillery today are crafting the latest incarnation of Wolfburn whisky from a blank canvas by pot still distillation the old way; no automation, no rush and a lot of care. A variety of casks continue to be filled with new Wolfburn spirit and are laid down in the warehouses to mature.