An exceptional Single Malt from the northernmost tip of Scotland.
Thurso is the northernmost town on the British mainland. The first Wolfburn distillery was born on the site in the early 1800s. But by 1872, product had ceased. In 2011, Single Malt industry veterans Shane Fraser and Iain Kerr plotted a course to revive the namesake and signature far northern spirit. They broke ground in May of 2012 and had the first completed buildings by September, with production starting the following year. They quickly reached full production the following year and have not looked back — developing a range of six specialty Single Malts and periodic small batch releases.
Wolfburn Aurora is a story told in wood. Specifically, it is the marrying of pure Wolfburn Single Malt from three different cask types. First released in 2016, 40% of the spirit is aged in second-fill quarter-casks, 40% is aged in first-fill ex-Bourbon barrels, and 20% is aged in first-fill Oloroso Sherry hogshead casks. The quarter casks age faster and therefore deliver an almost Cognac-like flavor. The ex-Bourbon barrels provide their signature caramel/vanilla notes. And the Oloroso casks deliver their magical rancio complexity. All in all this is a truly outstanding dram, even being awarded 92 points at the Concours International.
Smartass Corner: The location of the Wolfburn Distillery — Thurso, overlooking the Pentland Firth — is located in the ancient county of Caithness and was ruled by the Vikings for centuries.
Can smell the raisins and vanilla and taste the spice and chocolate and melon. Also very good. I would buy a bottle for the home bar.
Goes down smooth. Chocolate and almond taste. I'll get more of this.
smoky finish, but tasty overall
Very malty. Sweet. Smooth. Definitely taste/smell floral notes.
It provided just the right nip for a St. Patrick's Day evening when the Celtic nostalgia was thick in the air and a heady "slainte" was called for.
Not my favorite.
It is a very excellent mid range scotch. I will be buying more of it
Wonderful flavor. Perfect choice to take to a Burns Night.
Not my favorite, but drinkable...
Liked this. Super fruity and vanilla. Not too young.
Pretty run of the mill scotch. Not bad, but no real distinguished flavors or nuances.
So smooth on the intake. A bit of a spicey bite. And a warm feeling all the way down the chest. Perfect neat or on the rocks. A must have in any home bar.
The wifey liked it too..
Nice drink with a little spicy kick.
A welcoming hint of sweetness. Great age without excessive smokiness. Will be buying.!
Complex and sweeter than expected. A most interesting sample for one who thought they didn’t like Scotch. Opening my eyes to a new realm.
Great aftertaste. Hints of sweetness followed by spice.
Has a bite, and strong after taste. Would not buy it again.
Wow! Love it...
Amazing flavor and very smooth. This was my favorite so far
A very sharp bite.
Totally loved this Scotch, oh and try it with dark chocolate, we tried it on a whim but WOW amazing!!
Enjoyed the peatiness. The smooth flavors were delicious.
Nice and smooth, able to taste all the flavors
This reminded us of my husbands beloved Laphroaig. Not nearly as smokey or peaty but reminiscent.
Perfectly fine scotch, but not going out of our way to get more.
Hadn't found a scotch I enjoyed before this. Appreciated the fruity and floral notes quite a bit.
smoky finish, but tasty overall
Fairly tasteless for my style.
Strange combination of flavors
Favorite so far
Not a huge scotch fan but enjoyed this
At first smell it seemed a bit to peaty but it actually had a decent flavor.
A little on the syrupy side
Cinimmon on the front burn on the back
Strong, bite on first sip. Rest of glass went down smooth. I drank it with a few small ice chips added for water and a little cool. I’m not a huge fan of Scotch but this one is tasty and a nice Highland to sample.
Spicy and lovely. A warm single malt experience.
Your first taste says "hang on, this ones going to dazzle you!" Then you swallow. Have mercy if you dont like a smokey finish. After you swallow it is a very big let down.
It’s ok. It’s a little hot, a touch of spring water helps.
Spicy. For me, too much. But it is great. I truly appreciate it. But keep in mind. Between sweet and spicy, it’s way over on the spicy side. At least for me.
Was a great surprise!
Not bad, a bit too much of a spicy finish to garner a higher score from me. The initials taste of the vanilla and raisins was delicious though.
I could smell and taste notes of raisin but the spicy finish turned me off to it.
Nice full taste. A bit Smokey but nice
The fruity/raisin notes are initially pleasant with a lingering spicey finish. Nor a bad scotch but better are available.
The nose is definitely different...I can certainly get the cut grass and dark chocolate reference. The problem is dark chocolate and cut grass don't smell good together to me. However, I it is suprising smooth with a moderate finish. Not too smokey for scotch. If I could get past the nose I would really like this.
Beautiful to the eye over a couple cubes and pleasant on the nose. Smooth initially with a heavy spice presents on the back side. I wouldn’t pass it up if offered but I’ll keep looking.
I’m not a scotch drinker, but this would satisfy me if there was no such thing as bourbon. It’s one of the better scotches I’ve tried, I would drink it again, but probably wouldn’t buy a $65 bottle.
Pleasantly surprised by this scotch. Not too peaty and complex enough to make me want more.
First of all, I have to say that my rating is based on the fact that I'm not a fan of Scotch. That being said, it wasn't bad.
It burns and...
Mostly smokey/peaty and slightly sweet. The finish is medium and has a nice warmth to it.
Familiar nose and taste, but nothing stands out as very unique. Other brands taste much better
Tastes like any other scotch
Great Taste, I & my son really liked it. Hope to be able to purchase another bottle and save it for the future as I will eventually drink the rest of this opened bottle. Tom "Mack"
I must be the only one that disagrees with the majority of the reviews. Again, I thought the Flaviar tasting notes nailed it. I really enjoyed it. You really get the rasin and vanilla up front, spicy, and then a bit of the floral for a sec ending with the apple. But, as I learned in a scotch tasting class I once took, tasting notes can vary depending on your mood and where you are mentally that moment you take the sip.
Very mellow - for a Scotch, definitely one worth having in stock. No bitterness; completely smooth. Very floral and fruity on the nose, balanced on the tongue with long legs.
Nice and smooth finish...
Nose: Now this is interesting. Strong citrus nose. Key lime. Honeysuckle. Some tropical fruits. I want to say mangosteen. A little bit of sherry underneath, mixed with a touch of oak.
Palate: Heat, around the sides of my mouth. Sherry buried at the back of my tongue and the top of my palate. The strong citrus nose does not portend any citrus on the palate. Some sultanas.
Finish: Mainly bitterness, interestingly enough. While the pallet is pleasant, the finish less so. The bitterness lingers.
If it weren't for the finish, it'd get an extra star. But the bitterness is a bit offputting.
Harsh - more difficult to drink
This was my least favorite in this Tasting Box. It was a little too fruity and vanilla for me, and the floral smell didn’t appeal to me. If a friend offered it to me, I wouldn’t turn it down. But I would not buy a bottle myself.
Smooth whiskey with both raisin & smoky flavors. Would go very well with steak!
Just your average scotch
I hate scotch with a passion. On par with IPA’s. The bourbon and sherry cask blending on this one really attracts me! What’s your IBU brah and what’s your peaty component smack of a phallic competition. Adding the sweet and complexity of additional barrels makes this a scotch I may actually indulge in and that’s something! Not so much a blow you to hell aggressive peat blend and more of a well rounded approach to scotch. Don’t tell anyone but I might actually add a bottle to my collection.
Perhaps I'm just not a Scotch drinker. I found it very "thin", but harsh. Not a lot of flavor compared to bourbon. All burn, but not much taste.
Scotch. Light and dry. Less antiseptic than most. Ok.
Too much raisin flavor for my palate.
Definite sweet raisin beginning, then more cough syrup like in the end
Definitely picked up some hints of plum/prune, great nose, surprisingly smooth.
No burn at all, I’m new to the scotch world so I can’t tell the small difference between the taste of different brands yet. I’d drink it again with a cigar
Disgusting! I spit it out. Apparently, I’m not a scotch fan.
Didn’t taste raisins; mostly got a taste of vanilla. Spicy.
It was nice. Well balanced and easy to drink. like a diet Glenfiddich 12.
Smells like salt. Has good mouthfeel and I appreciate the natural color. It’s good - but it’s not blowing me away. I can’t taste the melon or raisins noted in the flavor spiral.
Considering it's 46%, it's remarkably smooth. However, the floral notes and melon give it an extremely 'bright' taste that is dramatically different from the darker, more rich expressions out there. A good whisky, but far from my favorite. If you lean toward this type of taste, you should really try it. My opinion of it should not detract from the obvious fact that it's a quality dram.
I really liked this. It was in the welcome box. This is the first non orated whisky I really liked.
Great nose however a disappointment to the palate. Very harsh from the first taste, lingering tastes of melon and wood. Maybe would mellow with aging to 15 or 18 years.
Third best scotch I love. Nice and smooth not to much smokiness just right.
Nice balance. A little peatiness but not overwhelming.
Much more a fan of Isla varieties I felt this was just a little too harsh.
Fruity then woody notes. Initially sweet then some spice and wood. Quite nice. There are better scotches for this price.
I loved it! Perfect form my pallet.
the aroma was spicy with a hint of floral, the taste spice and pepper but over ice the melon and floral hints came out.
Ok, but had some flavor I couldn't put my finger on that just wasn't something I like.
This is a likable this single malt - if you are good with the rancid and spice. I prefer spice in rye and could have done without here - but I think the rancid is what brings this down for me. Cutting with ice didn't seem to help as I enjoyed more when neat (have to give a drop treatment next). Certainly not worth the price in my opinion, so have to hit all the marks if you're willing to go for it (outside a taster).
Kind of spicy, lots of melon, raisin flavor wasn't great but wasn't bad
Calm to sip for a Scotch.
Maybe if you’re a Scotch drinker you’ll enjoy this. I’m not so it was not super enjoyable for me.
I liked this a lot!
Not my favorite. I've had better scotch and this missed the mark. Tried to open it up with some water but the strong finish remained.
I am not a scotch fan, but found myself wanting more! Fruity, smooth, warm, easy-sipping. Would purchase and drink myself
Too much oak, I think. Is that the “rancid” flavor? Don’t care for that.
I liked this one.
It has good flavor but it’s harsh.
Not my cup of tea. The lingering flavor lasts, but it does not appeal to me. Certainly one to try in a sampler before you buy.
This is one of the first bottles of Scotch that I really enjoyed from the very first sip. The raisin notes figure heavily making this quite a smooth dream to enjoy!
Good front end flavor, but I dislike the spice at the back end.
Solid scotch, on the light side and drinks easy
Delicious, rolls on the tongue. The nose has light notes of melon but the mouthfeel is soft with raisin and vanilla. My girlfriend and I both agreed it tasted like fake vanilla ice cream in the best way.
Raisin notes in the front. Bite at the end. Not bad overall.
Lighter in color and definitely lighter in mouth feel. Very aromatic but not overwhelming. I think it would taste best mixed as it wasn’t strong enough of a flavor profile to be sipped.
At first it seemed pretty good but the more it lingered the less I liked it
Not my style, the finish just did not taste great for me.
A very good scotch, could definitely pick out the rasin flavors with some hints of smoke.
Tart fruit on the nose. More fruit on the palate. Sweet and smooth. Lacks complexity.
Super party, a little heavy for me but still good.
On the nose I immediately thought of cider. The apple stayed with me on the flavor, along with floral, and a spice finish. I thought it was good overall. I personally would not purchase a bottle, but would try again in someone offered it.
Interesting aromas of vanilla and raisin, but it was bland taste at first with a harsh finish and aftertaste.
Definitely more fruit taste than I am used to, but good all around flavor.
Very light and fruity, which I normally wouldn't mind, but it lacked the fire that I like to feel in drinking scotch.
While I can appreciate the subtly of the fruit and floral notes, this was not a terribly exciting scotch. Bland upfront and harsh going down...
very mild. Personally don't like the raisin.
It was an enjoyable experience. The aroma is inviting. It was a bit smoky, at times I thought I picked up peet. Not quite as smooth as I like my scotch.
Got a tasting pack with this bottle. As soon as I opened the vile sample, I smelt apples. I poured and sipped, wow, what a burn on the top of my tongue. With that said, I kept smelling, and sipping, let me say this, I am an avid scotch drinker and this was hard for me to swallow. I dropped a small ice cube in and it made it completely worse. Very rough, smells like burnt raisins and I would not recommend this bottle.
Fruity aromas and taste. It was better than other scotch I've tried. I'm still not a fan of scotch.
had trouble picking up the fruit aromas and flavors on this one. A bit of a vomit flavor unfortunately.
Strong raisin and a great reminder that scotch is not my favorite liquor.
in the tasting box - this one was light and smooth - not too strong alcohol burn. Some peat but was more fruit and honey. Would like to try again.
Not a fan
Very light and mild
I didn't love it. I wouldn't order it again.
Got this in the tasting box. It was absolutely awful. It had an aroma like gasoline mixed with paranoia, and tasted like turpentine that had gone bad. never again.
I love Scottish whisky and this is a good one. Not as peaty as some and decent flavor notes.
An impressive nose with notes of melon, raisin, and hints floral kept me coming back simple for the nose. The initial taste is very heavy with flavors of raisin and vanilla, it’s almost too sweet at first. The flavors quickly mellow out and leave a satisfyingly Long finish with notes of apple and almonds. I’ve had several single malts and while this one is very different from most that I’ve had I will most definitely be buying a bottle.
Im not a scotch guy but I didn't mind this one. i enjoyed the different flavors.
Lighter flavor and oddly floral and tangy for a scotch
Not my cup of tea. Wasn’t a fan of the smell or taste
A nope for me. To strong, third degree burn going down. Was glad I ordered a sample taster thing instead of the bottle. All three got a low score from me. Not something I recommend unless you like strong drinks.
I was not a fan of this one at all. Strong alcohol presence without much else going on. It just seemed kind of thin and shallow.
Not a fan, taste just wasn't in my wheel house
Smooth but also weak. Not complex.
The nose can be a little off-putting, due primarily to the not-quite-right "raisin" smell (it just seems kind of "off", like raisins gone bad somehow). It has a subtle taste of tobacco, which I normally don't mind in some scotches, but it's not quite working with this one.
Not bad but there are many better Highland Scotches that are better
Very nice! Those Scots have it figured out!
Really nice and smooth.
Didn’t care for the spicy finish. I like my scotch a little smoother with less burn when it goes down!
I really enjoyed this one!
Exactly all I want in a scotch
Too much bitterness and earthy tastes on the nose. The opening flavor palate is too strong, definitely would not buy.
Got this in a sample pack and it was great! Really, REALLY easy drinking. It is so smooth my wife liked it and she generally doesn't go for scotch at all. The fragrance of this scotch is exceptional -I enjoy smelling it as much as drinking it (not really, but almost).
Lots if floral, spicy, and rancio notes. I didn't smell or taste any melon, chocolate, almond, or apple. Wasn't to my liking.
Surprisingly good! I was worried about the raisin smell, but very smooth.
I like raisins. I just don't like them as a flavor. Great color. Not a fan of the aroma. Not for me.
Not a fan of scotch, made me want to throw up!
very heavy raisin smell and taste. strong spicy notes but has a very nice floral finish
A sweet scotch - not peaty. I like it!
Reminds me of Oban a little. Brine, green apple, steel/iodine on the nose. Apple and sourdough taste. Pretty good!
Incredibly smooth and not at all peaty. Never thought I'd refer to a scotch as refreshing.
Regular ol’ scotch. Nothing special, but not bad.
Not a fan
I enjoyed the notes of dark chocolate and pear. The spice and raisin put me off a bit, but obviously high quality.
Bit of a rough customer at first, a little harsh and in your face. Best ease into it, give it time to breathe and settle down. Ultimately...a worthy dram, but not top tier.
Initially I wasn’t a big fan, but I let it breathe for a bit. We shared some deep philosophical conversations and it finally sweet talked me with the spicy finish
An average scotch
Smooth a bit more spice than I like, but very nice Scotch
I loved the spice at the end, it makes the drink.
It's not bad but a little rough and not as flavorful as some other bourbons I've had!
It's a smooth scotch. I'd give this an 8 it is a good average scotch whiskey. Good color, smell and flavor.
I am not a scotch guy, but this was hard for me to drink. It wasn't spicy just strangely warm...I kinda of got a nail polish taste and smell... not for me
I’m not a scotch fan but this was extremely smooth
My wife loved this.
A pleasant surprise,
Though it initially has a sweet aroma that may deter some Scotch fanatics, the flavor carries carries a wonderful spiciness that kicks on the back end. That being said, the nectar of the gods goes down smoothly. I’d definitely recommend & would happily buy a bottle in the future.
Smoky and light scotch
Super smooth, super good neat. One of my favorite scotches. Def buying this one for a friend
The thought I was drinking cherry cough syrup would not leave my mind while I drank this.
tasted like furniture polish, very strong and harsh, will not purchase this
Very light, but love the lingering flavors.
Too expensive for what it is imo. Little citrus up front with some vanilla and spice on the end. Just not my cup of tea for $62, prefer others.
Seems like a thin taste. Slightly peaty, slightly sweet. Okay but not memorable.
You might finish an evening with this, rather than starting one. More depth and peat than you might expect from a younger Scotch.
Interesting. I think I didn't get much of the aromas, but it had a good lighter flavor for a Scotch. Not as peaty as I usually like.
Definitely a Scotch to try. It is refreshing and delicious. I normally only drink scotch on occasion due to the price of most Scotch, but this is definitely one that I would gladly spend money on.
Smooth and sweet. Light smokiness. Well balanced
I like very spicy and smoky liquors in general, Ardbeg is a favorite. I was surprised at how good this was given the price point. I have a very unique/unusual taste (preferring my scotches extra peet-y). I really liked this one.
the aroma of it is inviting If I were to drink scotch regularly I could see this in my bar.
Loved the smooth start with a saucy finish
Inviting and interesting nose. Perhaps once it gets some age to it, it will develop some complexity.
I am not a good judge of Scoth. But this stuff has a burn and you cannot taste any of it's sweet aroma.
Not for me. I prefer Scorch over Bourbon, but just not this one. It was like raisins that were over dried, not sweet. And the aftertaste was a bit more tobacco than I personally like in my whisky.
Very smooth and mellow from the fruit and floral.
We weren’t a huge fan of the heavy spice in the middle or the raisin after taste.
I loved the long finish and the flavor of the finish the most.
Not a big scotch lover, but liked this well enough. Trying to develop a taste and though the raisin hits a little hard it was a good sipper neat.
This one didn’t excite me. A bit sharp, and generally uninspiring.
First of all, the aroma is terrific. Smooth, a tiny bit sweet and complex with just a hint of peat. Nice finish.
Very sweet up front with a mild and enjoyably spicy finish. On my wishlist, for sure.
Really enjoy this, had a great taste and smooth finish.
Love the vanilla and melon tones!
Came with the welcome box. Decent little drink. Light amd straw-y, tiny bit sweet. Overall not too bad.
This one is not for me. Thought the aroma had a slight urine smell. Going down it was spicy and had a fairly long burn.
Raisin - yes - I suppose ultimately; but not after a whole lot of toasted barley.
Highland scotches are my favorite scotch. Really picked up on the raisins and the melon at first taste, after that it was predominately raisins. Loved the vanilla and almond notes and just enough sweetness to make you come back for another sip.....never really picked upon the spice and any heat was minimal. Good easy drinking scotch with enough character to make me want to seek out a bottle. Pretty tasty juice indeed.
Very smooth, but a little light on flavor. Lacks the umami I would expect from a scotch.
Smells like wheat, grains and wood. Tastes like corn flakes. Aftertaste is like bad tobacco smoke. With water- burned coffee taste.
Nice raisin sweetness with a pleasant burn on the back end.
Absolutely loved this smooth light whisky, just a hint of sweetness from the sherry cask, and a warm touch of oak. This is absolutely on my to buy list.
Smooth. I enjoy scotch and this was not a distillery I was familiar with so I was happy to try it. I might recommend it to friends that I think might appreciate and will definitely keep an eye out for other releases from Wolfburn. Really enjoyed the slow build of subtle peat.
Not bad. Not a big scotch drinker but found this smooth. The tasting amount sent was the right amount. Wouldn’t want a whole bottle.
Not a scotch drinker but not bad. Surprised by how smooth it was.
Not a fan...came as a part of the welcome box so had to try it. Not sure I tasted any of the leading components on the flavor spiral and just didn't care for it in general.
Didn’t care for it.
Smooth with a hint of melon. No bite.
This was a very pleasant surprise. I drink a lot of scotch but this was a distillery I was no familiar with. The nose definitely carries the hint of apple. Almost that of one that has been lying on the ground that just starting to turn. Smooth with just the little hint of a bite that I've come to love and expect from a good single malt. Definitely a bottle I would be proud to have in my home bar.
Sweet and smooth. The first sip is a hit with a soft sweet finish. The second is smooth sweet start to a relaxing mellow drink. Hints of vanilla lingered.
Super intense. Crazy compared to Few.
Wow thats a musty drink. Nice kick at first with a smoother finish than i expected
Smooth, but not as complex as others I have tasted before
Normally I am not a big scotch person but this scotch is very good. Smooth and just holds up well on the palette. I could drinks this beauty all day.
Pick up the fruit and florals in the aroma, and chocolate and vanilla flavors early with a spicy medium finish... nice
smooth, almost crisp/warm sweet easy drinking. would like to see more wood flavor
Like it, Notes vanilla, raisin, and hint of spice
Smooth from start to finish. The raisin notes are quite strong though.
A little too white liquor like.
Fantastic jntro to the club, thank you! While not a huge fan of peet this came across to me as more “smoked peet” and went down too smooth. I will definitely add this to the list of “must haves”