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Daftmill

Daftmill is one of Scotland’s newest and smallest malt whisky distilleries, based in Fife, a region along the east coast north of Edinburgh. What’s with the name? The local geography of the area gives the optical illusion that the stream is running uphill, and so it became known to locals as a backward-running burn (stream), the “Daft” Burn. Lo and behold, the mill that it powered became known as “Daft Mill”.

Though the Cuthbert family have grown malting barley for six generations at Daftmill Farm, brothers Francis and Ian applied for planning permission in 2003, and the distillery was granted its license on St Andrews Day 2005. They use the barley from the farm and water from Daftmill’s own natural spring to produce their malt whiskies. Their first whisky was produced on 16th December 2005, making Daftmill the newest distillery to open in Scotland at that time - although the buildings on the farm date back to 1655! Aside from the stills, which were made in Rothes, all the work on the new distillery was carried out by people within a five mile radius of the farm, as well as all of the materials sourced. Daftmill Farm is still a working farm alongside functioning as a distillery, so the brothers only work the still house in the summer and winter, of course limiting production.

The team allowed the whiskies produced at Daftmill ample time to mature before releasing them to the public. Though they legally had whiskies in casks by the start of 2009, the first bottlings weren’t released until 2018!

Daftmill 2009 (cask 029/2009) - Single Cask

70cl, 61.1%

A UK exclusive single cask release from the Daftmill Distillery - very exciting stuff! This expression was distilled from Optic barley back in 2009 and left to age in an Oloroso sherry cask for 11…  More info

Daftmill 2009 (cask 029/2009) - Single Cask
$172.29

Daftmill 2007 - Winter Batch Release

70cl, 46%

Feast your eyes upon the 2007 Winter Batch Release of Daftmill single malt! Previous bottlings from this Lowland distillery have been much loved indeed, and we're expecting this one to be similarly…  More info

Daftmill 2007 - Winter Batch Release
$107.63

Daftmill 2008 - Summer Batch Release

70cl, 46%

Behold, it's the 2008 vintage Summer Batch Release of Daftmill single malt Scotch whisky! The spirit was made from optic barley, and six first-fill ex-bourbon barrels filled in the summer of 2008…  More info

Daftmill 2008 - Summer Batch Release
$100.10

Daftmill 2006 - Winter Batch Release

70cl, 40%

It's the third release of single malt Scotch whisky from the Daftmill distillery! For this Winter Batch release, the distillers have drawn whisky from bourbon barrels laid down in 2006 and cracked…  More info

Daftmill 2006 - Winter Batch Release

Daftmill 2006 - Summer Batch Release

70cl, 46%

A 2006 vintage single malt from Daftmill in the Lowlands region - the distillery's second release! This expression, the Summer Batch Release, features whisky distilled back in 2006 and left to mature…  More info

Daftmill 2006 - Summer Batch Release

Daftmill 2005 - Inaugural Release

70cl, 55.8%

The Daftmill distillery has finally released its very first whisky! Founded back in 2005, its Lowland single malt has been of age for a while, and many have wondered when Daftmill whisky would make…  More info

Daftmill 2005 - Inaugural Release

Daftmill 2006 (cask 021/2006) - Single Cask

70cl, 57.1%

We split our 9 bottle allocation of this whisky between a 30ml dram lottery, a bottle lottery, and a charity auction (timeline below). Why all the fuss? Read more about this approach over on the…  More info

Daftmill 2006 (cask 021/2006) - Single Cask
3
$156.14

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