Each year, Wolfburn bottles a small run of their Northland expression for a 600-bottle Christmas Edition. 2019’s bottling was called “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas” and this year we have “Silent Night”: a vatting of three- to five-year-old whiskies matured in ex-Laphroaig quarter cask barrels.
Initially it’s sweet with notes of fruit and fresh sea air. In the background you’ll find citrus freshness, hints of cereal and just a trace of peat smoke. On the palate, sweet and nutty tones come to the fore, with hints of grape and honey in the background. Floral flavours abound, enhanced with just a hint of dried fruit and spice. As the soft sweet tones fade gradually away, a trace of gentle peat smoke lingers at the end. Glories stream from heaven, indeed. A great dram.