Wolfhead

Review: Wolfhead Craft Whisky by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Wolfhead distillery.

Image courtesy of Wolfhead distillery.

ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
N/A
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)

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  • 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.


Review: Wolfhead Craft Whisky Liqueur by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of Wolfhead Distillery.

Image courtesy of Wolfhead Distillery.

ABV
40%
Aging
N/A
Recipe
N/A
Distiller Wolfhead (Amherstburg, Ontario)

I usually don’t even review the whisky liqueurs that I get sent – and even then, usually I have a sip and throw out the rest of the sample bottle. Not here! I drained the 50 ml sample bottle in one go! If that says anything…

This is Wolfhead’s best selling product. It is made by steeping fair trade, locally roasted costa rican coffee beans in whisky for 24-48 hours. Wolfhead’s philosophy in making this product can be summed up by their own statement: “Coffee and whisky naturally pair well together. Most coffee liqueurs are rum or sugarcane based, making them overly sweet. Wolfhead coffee liqueur balances well between bitter and sweet. “ Wolfhead tells me that both non-coffee drinkers as well as whisky drinkers appreciate this product.


Review (2021)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2021

Even though I don’t typically like to write reviews of whisky liquers, I wanted to write this review since a lot of folks like coffee liquers and are stuck onto kahlua. Here is a much better alternative! It is slightly sweet, with a rich coffee flavour that is a lot fresher than kahlua, balanced as well with vanilla, nuts. It reminds me quite a bit of the dark chocolate covered espresso beans – but without the chocolate!

Great for your coffee cocktails, desserts (over ice cream) or just over ice.


Review: River's End Gin (Wolfhead Distillery) by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of wolfhead distillery.

Image courtesy of wolfhead distillery.

ABV
43%
Aging
None
Recipe
N/A
Distiller Wolfhead (Amherstburg, Ontario)

This gin is made using a wheat spirit base. A number of botanicals are incorporated through vapour distillation with the spirit being distilled through a botanical basket that includes Italian juniper, coriander (from Canada and India), Moroccan orris root and grains of paradise, California grapefruit peel, Egyptian hibiscus, Haitian bitter orange peel, Chilean rose hips, Vietnamese star anise, Indonesian cinnamon, and Guatemalan cardamom. Now that’s a world tour!


Review (2021)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2021

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Immediately, you get the three classic pillars of gin – juniper, citrus, and spice – in full complement and playing off one another brilliantly. Underneath, there is a really nice berry character and the richness of the juniper is terrific. The brightness of the lemon has been captured really well, and the spice pops on the palate more than the nose – making this a perfect cocktail gin. It’s very clean throughout with a nice long bright, spicy finish. Anyone who reads my gin reviews knows that I really like juniper – so this one plays right up to my style.

The gin is quite scrumptious – it has a nice balance and an underlying sweetness that really plays well off the spice, citrus, and wood. It makes it very easy to sip….

Highly recommended.


Review: Wolfhead Vodka by Jason Hambrey

Image courtesy of wolfhead distillery.

Image courtesy of wolfhead distillery.

ABV
40%
Aging
None
Recipe
100% wheat
Distiller Wolfhead (Amherstburg, Ontario)

Wolfhead distillery makes this vodka from wheat, which tends to give vodkas a good mixture of sweetness and texture with a bit of a grainy bite. Once the wheat mash is fermented, it is distilled seven times to get a pure product.

I’ve done a lot of vodkas recently, which may surprise some - but, it’s mainly because I’ve had a pandemic discovery - I quite enjoy both vodka martinis and gin martinis if there is a good dry vermouth to use. And, pretty well, the better the vodka, the better the martini.


Review (2021)

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  • Bottling Date: ~2021

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Very clean and slightly creamy with very subtle light blueberry, white pepper, almond, and a slight note of plaintain chips. There is a slight perception of sweetness on the nose. It is clean, light, and very smooth on the palate. The finish is clean, creamy, and maintains that slight perception of sweetness. Once the initial finish fades, everything brightens up slightly with some bean sprout notes.

Highly recommended.