|Serie||Summer Batch Release|
|Cask Type||1st Fill Bourbon|
That despicable young Scottish lad (and yet good friend) named Angus M. managed to try the first official Daftmill before I even saw a bottle. Thank Vishnu, that was for Whiskyfun, but I’ve always wished I could retaliate, and this may be a good occasion, as I believe this is the second official Daftmill ever. There!
Nose: ah. What I find really nice is the fact that they seem to have captured the ‘style of the Lowlands’, with this blend of lemon liqueur and soft cereals, followed with white peaches and a sweet vanillaness that screams ‘good American oak’, then rather preserved pineapples and cantaloupes. It is really complex, pretty unusual, and I particularly enjoy this further development on citrons and, above anything else, ripe mirabelles. After ten minutes, it’s pure mirabelle! Bravo!
Mouth: right, this is pretty impressive, a tad spicier now but rather all on all yellow fruits you could think of, either candied, preserved, or as liqueurs. Do you really need a list? Okay, mirabelles first – again – then peaches, melons, bananas, pineapples, apricots… Oh that is enough.
Finish: long, a tad syrupy in a good way. On banana and apple juice, perhaps? Some coconut in the aftertaste, that’s the oak.
Comments: first, it’s very good, and second, it’s unlike any other active malt whisky, which is an achievement in itself. Although, should I choose a Lowlander that would be closest, I would have said Rosebank. Too bad I haven’t got the Daftmill 2005 under my sleeves, so no contrast and compare. Pff, a whisky blogger, they said…
Nose: Shortbread and Florida Key lime pie, are the first things that hit you, followed shortly after with bananas, vanilla, and apricots that evolve into greengages. An nose that is very challenging and keeps evolving into new savours.
Taste: “Millions of peaches, peaches for me. Millions of peaches, peaches for free”
Well it’s not really free, since the bottle turns out to be quite expensive. But this is very lovely! I totally love the taste of this dram. Again the shortbread, Key lime pie and greengages. A lot of lovely peaches in this dram though!
Finish: Green apples, bananas, Galia melons and apricots… It’s just one big tropical fruit surprise!
Balance and Complexity: Well-balanced in both nose and taste, and a tropical fruit bomb in the finish.
Comments: Fife has surely put itself back on the map with this dram! It’s different from other Lowlanders, though it does have similarities with a good yet fruity Rosebank in a very distinctive way. It makes me very happy to see that we weren’t being fobbed off with a bad whisky sold overpriced. This is worth every cent. High standards, high quality, no concessions, very artisanal which by all means makes it very likeable.
It is refreshing see nowadays, as many new distillers would sell anything from gin to newmake to 3-year-old whisky with poor quality and big marketing, just to make a quick buck. Thank God there’s the Cuthbert brothers who honor the drink as it rightly deserves. Please keep them coming! It’s proof that good artisanal whiskies are still being made today