Wolfburn Morven

Wolfburn Morven

(0.75l, 46%)


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$69.99
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Wolfburn steps out of the “Highland” box and delivers a lightly peated Single Malt.

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, production had ceased. In 2011, Single Malt industry veterans Shane Fraser and Lain Kerr revived the namesake 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 haven’t looked back — developing a range of Single Malts and periodic small batch special releases.

Wolfburn is a Highland distillery with all that this entails — including the fruit forward style of Whisky-making. But the good people at Wolfburn also like to think a bit outside the box. So they released Wolfburn Morven in 2017 — a lightly peated version of their signature Highland Single Malt. Make no mistake. This is NOT an Islay peated phenol smack in the face. This is a well-crafted, fruit-forward Highland Single Malt with a light peat smoke used to dry the malted barley. It’s a rebels Single Malt with zero additives, no chill-filtering, and it’s bottled at a perfect 46% ABV.

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“Morven” can refer to several things. There are three mountains with that name in Scotland. But in the case of Wolfburn Single Malt, it likely refers to a peninsula in the far northwestern Highlands.

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smoky
cherry
biscuit
pepper
bitter oak
dried fruit
nutty
apple
grape
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Single Malt Scotch Whisky is made in Scotland using a pot still distillation process at a single distillery, with malted barley as the only grain ingredient. It must be matured in oak casks in Scotland for at least three years (most Single Malts are matured longer, though).

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Warm Gold

Nose / Aroma / Smell
The briny whiff of smoke is the first thing to reach your nose, followed by the aromas of oak, white grapes, tart apple, and warm earth.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
The taste is rich and nutty with notes of pipe-smoke, candied cherry, biscuits, and pepper.

Finish
The finish is a bit sweet with a hint of baking spice.

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Ratings & Reviews
Richard
Richard,
Received the Wolfburn Morven Single Malt in my sample kit. While not an avid Scotch drinker, I do enjoy my 15yr Dalmore. The Wolfburn tasted like fermented Band Aid water. Left that taste on my pallet for 2 days! I have had Military Special Scotch that tasted better!
 
John
John,
At first I wasn’t expecting much. This whisky is basically clear so I assume it’s pretty young. It was surprisingly enjoyable tho. A little bit of sweetness, candied nuts, saltwater brine, decent bit of peat smoke, little iodine. Very good but way too expensive, can’t justify the price.
 
guest
guest,
Smokey notes are strong and inviting but from first sip it tastes similar to the smell of new playing cards mixed with wet diaper. Would not recommend to anyone. Ever.
 
Rick
Rick,
Extremely Smokey with a hint of leather bitter to the taste. Not particularly my type of whiskey
 
Tori
Tori,
Definitely better to my pallet on ice. Strong smoke and peet flavor.
 
Conor
Conor,
The peat flavor was over powering. For someone who doesn’t typically drink scotch, I don’t think I can recommend this one.
 
Michael
Michael,
Not a fan at all
 
Garrett
Garrett,
As a scotch man, this was...ok. It had sufficient peat, which I love, but the medicine after taste was just too much to call this a good scotch.
 
Cady
Cady,
Sharp at first, disappears quickly.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
plastic smell and taste
 
Clay
Clay,
Smooth, but bold flavor.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Plastic aroma, tasted like an old band aid
 
Leonard
Leonard,
I’m really new to this but this is the first time I’ve ever experienced distinct notes. The Smokiness is apparent upon opening and fruity notes appear after going down.
 
David
David,
Love it! I would buy this one before I ever buy Johnny Walker Black. What a surprise. In the description it says it’s a Highlander but has a peaty flavor with a sweet finish. It has more of a Lowly scotch flavor. I have always been more of a Highland region scotch drinker. This is definitely one of my new favorites!!
 
Deborah
Deborah,
This scotch is touted as being very light peat, unfortunately the taste told the opposite story. A little too much for my taste, but if you’re a peat-loving scotch fan, this one will be up your alley.
 
Jose
Jose,
Was in my Welcome Tasting Box, very nice surprise. The other two were burbons, which I’m not a fan of at all. This tastes as it could very well be the cousin of one of the Taliskers, so I truly enjoyed and recommend it to any Scotch fans (especially Isaly lovers)... am def going to get a bottle!
 
Jeff
Jeff,
Enjoyed this one. Nice peat taste and very smooth
 
Logan
Logan,
Did not really taste much smoke. Just..bitter. And not that smooth. I've had Scotch at half the price that seemed more complicated and flavorable.
 
Cory
Cory,
Pleasantly surprised here, heavy peat and smoke.
 
Melissa
Melissa,
Sorry, not for me, tastes like a Band-aid or medicine.
 
Jay
Jay,
Super, super, super smoky flavor. However, this doesn't translate to heat and burn going down. There is NO heat or burn after and it is remarkably smooth to drink while having such a distinct and overwhelming smoke flavor/nose. This would be a delight for those who want a smoke and natural flavor. I still just can't believe how smooth it is to swallow having such a strong flavor/nose.
 
Garrett
Garrett,
New to the Scotch game so may not be schooled enough to appreciate but I have to pass on this one. I love a good smoke but I don't think this is for me.
 
Andy
Andy,
I love smokey heavily peated scotch. It’s hard to find a scotch that combines heavy smoke/peat with fruity notes. It’s a nice surprise when you get all of these flavors in Morven. If you like smoked cherries or grilled peaches with your smoked pork butt, try this.
 
Alex
Alex,
The pepper and some is too overpowering for me. No hint of grapes or apple I could detect. When it comes to smoked scotch I’ll stick to Johnny Walker Double Black.
 
Ben
Ben,
Sorry for the low rating! It was so smoky and bitter; it was too much for me. This drink is too manly for me. I wish I tasted the grape and apple at the end. It would have redeemed the experience for me. I'm sure that others enjoy this more than I do, but sorry just too bitter and peaty.
 
Logan
Logan,
Very smokey nose, and smokey peppery flavor. Really nice for those flavors, but not my personal favorite flavor profile.
 
Jonathan
Jonathan,
Sweet nose but the smoke and pepper overpower the entire experience. Wouldn’t recommend to my circle.
 
Mike
Mike,
I’m not usually fond of “smoky” scotchs, but I found this one to be pretty enjoyable. Has just enough sweet to balance out the peat
 
Edward
Edward,
Smokey
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Personally did not like the strong smokey/ash flavor, other than that it was smooth.
 
Courtney
Courtney,
For someone having never tasted a Smokey peated scotch, this was pretty good. The smoke is powerful.
 
Sarah
Sarah,
This was quite Smokey but I still found myself enjoying it. It delivered a bit of a burn but a smoother finish. Not the most enjoyable but certainly not my least favorite.
 
Brendan
Brendan,
Tastes like ass-tray and smells like lighter fluid. Smell lingers on hand after spilling it
 
Michael
Michael,
Smoke is overpowering up front but tastes better toward the finish.
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Strong smell of smoke, was expected heavy peat based on first impressions. Very light in color, like an Ardbeg. The smoke is lighter on the palate, and the scotch is very sweet and smooth, with a nice kick at 46%.
 
Rebecca
Rebecca,
Smooth, light on the peat, nutty and hint of blue cheese. I’m usually bourbon over scotch, but enjoy this!
 
Joshua
Joshua,
A lot of burn. I do enjoy scotch, but tasted like rubbing alcohol. Did smell fruit before trying.
 
Karen
Karen,
No, thanks. Medicinal aftertaste.
 
Greg
Greg,
Too smokey for our taste.
 
David
David,
Very Smokey
 
Christopher
Christopher,
Middle of the road for my taste, may be my pallet but didn't really bring much flavor.
 
Josh
Josh,
Nearly all smoke, very simple but an easy drink.
 
Richard
Richard,
Some smoke to start off. Long finish.
 
Ed
Ed,
Smooth enough, but I taste smoke without much else. Feels like it’s missing depth.
 
Richard
Richard,
Smooth. Light. Good smoke.
 
Andrew
Andrew,
Smokey but smooth. Makes me curious about their signature single malt
 
Caressa
Caressa,
A bit Smokey but was very smooth.
 
Jose
Jose,
A little on the smoky side for me. It has a strong aroma and the finish lingers for a while.
 
Matthew
Matthew,
Smokey but smooth
 
Chandreshh
Chandreshh,
Smoky and smooth
 
Kimberly
Kimberly,
Amazing strong peaty aroma, a little sweet on the tongue and heavy on the swallow. Solid scotch
 
Rafael
Rafael,
Superb
 
Scott
Scott,
Immediate smoke, nutty, dry
 
Cameron
Cameron,
A smoky flavor first with a hint of a floral taste afterwards.
 
BRIAN
BRIAN,
This is very good I love smoky scotch
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Very smooth, initial floral burst and I got a hint of smoke on the back end
 
Patrick
Patrick,
Subtle, enjoyable, and overpriced
 
David
David,
perfect amount of smoke.. loved it
 
Isaac
Isaac,
Very classic highland, if you like and know the region, this compares well to a ten/twelve year old from any other highland distillery. Looking forward to something with an older age, these folks seem to be doing everything I want to see. Non-chill filtered. Natural color. 46% abv. Slightly salty, big grain flavor.
 
Mathew
Mathew,
Once you get past the smoke there’s some interesting hints of fruit here. Cherry and maybe apple. Finishes spicy but with an almost candy sweet undertone. For people that like smoky peppery whiskies this is a good one. It’s not really my thing though.
 
Tim
Tim,
A little sharp but full of flavour and complexity, a lovely sipping drink. Pairs well with a nice Pale Ale chaser - for me Brewdog Dead Pony. Will buy this one more.
 
Cameron
Cameron,
Not something that I would normally go for but as part of the testing box, more than worth the adventure. Unfortunately not something I would buy in the bottle as it was just too smoky for me. First sip was smoky without much else but flavour profile progressed with each sip thereafter. Not for those who are opposed to a slightly sharp finish.
 
Martin
Martin,
Initial nosing reveals a sweet smoke with a dash of peat. A bit of apricot, dried fruit and some grape (soda) added to to the smell as well. There is an initial push of smoke but once it rolls around in your mouth there is a blend of sweet flavors. After the third or fourth sip you will find that you will taste more of the sweet oatmeal cookie with some fruit followed by the smoke. The smoke lingers and it has a long flavor. I’m not a smoke fan at all, but I certainly enjoyed this.
 
Antti
Antti,
It is a is a very good, complex, Single Malt Scotch Whisky that has an aromatic birth; while a rich & nutty life leads to a rich & spicy death with hints of shortbread, ginger, dried fruits & baking spices.
 
René
René,
Lighter scotch, good as an into to the more peatier bottles.
 
Kevin
Kevin,
Very smoky, but sweet, lighter Scotch Smooth
 
Bert
Bert,
Exellent peat
 
Michael
Michael,
Not enjoyable, the spicy overtones ruined the drink
 
Cody
Cody,
Nice flavor, smoke carries through well.
 
Elvis
Elvis,
Amazing smell and taste! A great everyday smoked whisky.
 
Julia
Julia,
Smells good but too bitter, burns lips
 
Dave
Dave,
Too smoky for my liking
 
Mirosław
Mirosław,
I wouldn't consider it as very peaty, however indeed it gives a strong accent and has mostly smoky profile.
 
James
James,
I got this as part of a sample pack. Great Scotch!! Can't wait till my bottle gets here !!
 
Giulio
Giulio,
Very peaty, opens up a little with water but retains a strong smoky profile. The peat covers most other flavors but if you like smoke it's a pleasant finish
 
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