Why Buy: 13th-generation master distiller Marko Karakasevic, of the uncompromising craft producer Wolves, has produced a single malt that stands alongside the best small-batch bourbon and rye the country is producing right now. And, with only 2,250 bottles available, it's fast becoming a literal collector's item – as Maxim magazine recently put it: "We just wish it was a little easier to get a hold of." That’s why you have us, friends: we have the bottles. 

What They're Saying: "Spectacular," wrote Forbes. "The mouthfeel is gorgeous, velvety ... and insanely easy to drink." The magazine also selected it, in June, as its whiskey of the week.

The Story: The first barrel of what would become the Wolves' Malted Barley Series was laid down in 2011, in a small lot. In the years that ensued, Master Distiller Marko Karakasevic laid down 12 more of these small lots. Each contained a two-row pale malted barley that he fermented with California Ale yeast. To produce this Lot One bottling, he blended 11 of the 12 barrels, then distilled the result, in 2015, over a 10-day period in an alembic pot still from Cognac – a decidedly unorthodox choice that accounts, in large part, for the strikingly rich, full texture. Finally, Karakasevic matured the whiskey in American oak from a Napa cooperage that many cult winemakers swear by. To further gild the lily, he charred the oak to six different intensities, in effect, turning a single barrel into six mini-barrels

Our Tasting Notes: Each bottle comes swaddled in black sheepskin, and is hand-numbered – a luxury touch that belies the enormous power that lies within, from the explosive aromatics to the viscously rich mouthfeel with its notes of butterscotch, dark fruits, and toast to the spreading warmth and spice of the smooth, lush finish.

ABV: 55% (110 proof).

Fun Fact: Wolves’s status as a luxury brand has been certified via its partnerships with Rolls Royce and the Peninsula Hotel, a 5-star property in Beverly Hills, California.

Our Guarantee: We always buy and source direct, so rest assured: your whiskey will arrive in your hands with pristine provenance. Secure your order today!


*Offer NOT valid in-store. This offer is made pre-arrival, with wines estimated to be delivered to your preferred store in Winter 2023 (December 21, 2023 - March 20, 2024). With the supply chain issues that we are seeing globally, there may be some unforeseen delays which could affect the ETA. All sale prices are the lowest available at Total Wine & More and ONLY valid through Concierge Sales. No further discounts or coupons may be applied. Offer only valid in AZ, CA, CT, FL, GA, NJ, NV, & TX. This offer is for ONE WEEK, or until sold out, and will expire on Thursday, August 24, 2023.

*Due to limited storage space for pre-ordered product, we can only hold orders for 30 days from the first notification that your order is ready for pickup. If you are unable to pick up your order within 30 days, please contact Concierge Sales at (855) 841-2752 or conciergesales@totalwine.com to make an arrangement. A store associate may reach out periodically to notify you of your order. Unfortunately, if no arrangements have been made, after 30 days, the order will need to be cancelled and we will provide a full refund.  No orders will be cancelled without multiple communication attempts.