|Founded||1822 (closed circa 1877 - reopened 2013)|
|Water source||Wolf Burn|
|Number of stills||1 wash
|Cask type(s)||American Oak Bourbon
Oak Quarter Cask
Wolfburn distillery was founded just to west of the town of Thurso, Caithness, in 1821 by William Smith. The distillery was of considerable size for its day and ran as a successful commercial enterprise for several decades, being handed down through several generations of the Smith family. It is thought to have ceased production during the 1850s, although the exact date is a matter of debate. The distillery appears on the first Ordnance Survey map of the area, dated 1872, marked as a ruin. The reasons for its demise are unclear - very little remains of the original distillery and there are no known photographs. However, records of its annual production volumes of whisky can be found in tax returns, which show it producing 28,056 “Total Gallons of Proof Spirit” during 1826 (roughly 125,000 litres) – making it the biggest distillery in Caithness at the time.
In 2012 a private consortium gained approval from the Caithness planning authorities to build a new Wolfburn distillery in Henderson Park, Thurso. The new distillery is situated approximately 350m from the site of the old one and draws its water from the Wolf Burn (stream) from whence it gets its name. The reinvented Wolfburn site consists of three buildings: the distillery itself and two warehouses for the laying down of casks. Local fabricators Forsyths were contracted to install the distillery plant and equipment. Wolfburn is the most northerly distillery on the Scottish mainland and produces single malt Scotch whisky. Production commenced in early 2013.
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- http://www.dcs.ed.ac.uk/home/jhb/whisky/dists.html List of Distilleries in Date order of Foundation (The University of Edinburgh)
- http://www.whiskyportal.com/distillery.asp?DistilleryID=841&DistilleryName=Wolfburn+Distillery Wolfburn Distillery on The Whisky Portal
- RCAHMS. "Wolf Burn Wolfburn Distillery (90949)". Canmore.
- http://books.google.co.za/books?id=OjoSAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA243&lpg=RA1-PA243&dq=wolfburn+distillery&source=bl&ots=80cmGiyYlI&sig=VtvLzWNcB8XZ8snx0ffjTyuVMos&hl=en&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=wolfburn%20distillery&f=false House of Commons Papers, volume 34
- http://thursotown.co.uk/news/archive/bid-to-revive-thurso-distillery-after-135-year-gap Bid to revive Thurso distillery after 135-year gap
- http://wam.highland.gov.uk/wam/files/4964269841E51F2043DCC23DD7B134F3/pdf/12_01542_FUL-issued_DECISION_NOTICE-380758.pdf Caithness planning authorities decision notice
- http://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/Article.aspx/2755954 North distillery revival on cards
- Official website
- Thurso distillery to re-open after more than a century
- Wolf Burn Distillery history
- 1877 Ordnance survey map
- Canmore Mapping showing details for Wolf Burn (ND16NW 83)