Whizzky chats to Harry Tayler, Co-founder of Wolfburn Distillery

25-11-2016 By Emily Stockden

The Story of Wolfburn

In May 2011 one of the team went to locate the site of the old Wolfburn distillery in Thurso, Caithness. After 150 years of neglect they found a barely discernible pile of stones, but the cold crystal clear waters of the Wolf Burn were still flowing just as they always had. The dream was there. Land was purchased in May 2012, the first ground was broken a few months later in early August and by the end of September the structures of the new buildings were beginning to take shape.

Sourcing of equipment was a mammoth task and Forsyths of Rothes meticulously designed and redesigned every valve, pump, elevator and screw that would link up the vessels and make it all work. Modern energy saving devices have been used at every point, alongside traditional mechanically operated systems.

The old fermenters from the now closed Caperdonich distillery are now used to store water to supply the new Wolfburn stills, and to store spent lees. By November, hand beaten stills from Speyside were transported to the far northern extremes of the Highlands and the teams worked throughout the Winter darkness and cold until eventually the Wolfburn Distillery was proudly commissioned in the New Year, and on the 25th January 2013 new spirit started to flow.

Watch this time lapse of an empty building becoming Wolfburn Distillery: