Daftmill Single Malt Whisky, a new arrival in the U.S. thanks to leading San Francisco-based premium craft spirits importer Hotaling & Co., takes farm-to-bottle to a new level as one of Scotland’s true farm-distilleries. Made from estate-grown barley farmed by Francis Cuthbert in Fife, Scotland, Daftmill’s first U.S. release – Daftmill 2006 Summer Batch Single Malt Whisky (46% ABV; $250 SRP; 1,680 bottles available) – evokes Scottish whisky traditions that haven’t been seen since the 1800s, making it a quintessentially collectable limited-edition single malt.
Distillery owners and brothers Francis and Ian Cuthbert have farmed the land since the 1980s, and began distilling in 2003. They distill whisky in the off-season – two months in the summer, and two months in the winter. Aged 12 years, the first Daftmill single malts were released in 2018. Daftmill 2006 Summer Batch is comprised of seven different first-fill bourbon casks – 067/2006, 068/2006, 069/2006, 070/2006, 071/2006, 072/2006, and 073/2006; it was bottled July 2019. Daftmill is one of Scotland’s smallest distilleries by output – distilling only 100 casks per year – and one of only nine active Lowland distilleries; it releases two whiskies a year.