Review: Wolfhead Craft Whisky / by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Wolfhead distillery.

Image courtesy of Wolfhead distillery.

Producer Wolfhead (Amherstburg, Ontario)

This whisky is produced by Wolfhead distillery, using sourced corn and rye whisky which they blend together to create their own house style. However, they are working on their own whisky which has already been aging for 4 years. It’s due to be released in the coming months, at a very respectable 5 years. (….in my opinion, when distillers are willing to wait beyond the minimum requirement of 3 years of aging, the results pay off).

Review (2021)

  • Batch: N/A

  • Bottling Code: N/A

  • Bottling Date: ~2021

There is some nice oak here on the nose – sharp, spicy, smoky but not overpowering. There is a really nice bright grain character underneath that is very focused: it isn’t like some of the broad, porridge type characters of some of the smaller distillers. This is sharp, like the smell of whole grain kernels. There is also orange peel, vanilla, prune, mixed floral notes, and baking spice.

The palate brings forward some toasting grain, a bit of rye, and sweet wheat. The rye notes mingle with the sharp oak towards the finish in a very appealing manner. The finish is slightly oaky, citrusy, and spicy. There are some really nice background threads that run through the whisky - a really nice, dense dried fruit character and a light earthy character.

I find that many of the craft distillers tend to be light without being subtle, or are big, bold, and full of all sorts of flavour. Here, something I don’t see too often – subtlety and balance while maintaining a very clean and focused whisky. I also quite like how this tastes Canadian in profile – but with a few tweaks that are very modern. Nice stuff!

Highly Recommended (50% of all whiskies I’ve reviewed to date get this recommendation or higher).

Value: High at $32.