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Thursday, February 9, 2023

Daftmill 2007 Winter Release (2019, UK)

After trying the recent 15yo CS approach to Daftmill, I decided to have a go at two others from the young Lowland distillery. The 2006 Summer Release has been my favorite Daftmill so far, while the 2006 Winter has been my least favorite, though all of three points separate the two. The 2007 Winter Release (UK edition) was constructed entirely from first-fill bourbon barrels, and that's all I knew about it before this tasting.

Distillery: Daftmill
Owner: Francis Cuthbert
Region: Bow of Fife, Lowlands
Age: 11-12 years (November 2007 - 2019)
Barley: Optic
Maturation: Seven first-fill bourbon barrels (23-25, 27, 32, 35, and 38)
Outturn: 1785 bottles
Exclusive to: United Kingdom
Alcohol by Volume: 46%abv
Chillfiltered? No
Colorant Added? No
(thank you to Dr. Springbank for the sample!)


The nose starts off like a white burgundy (which is good!) with its grapes, lemons, and peaches. Sugar cookies, cherry juice, and honey arrive next, with hints of white bread and brine in the background. Lemons, salt, and sugar cookies fill the palate's foreground, with a few peppercorns and some new make in the back. Plenty sweet throughout. It finishes briefly with lemon candy, lychee, black pepper, and salt.


It's an inoffensive everyday drinker, but it doesn't turn into anything more than that. My short notes aren't due to a dead nose, as tomorrow's whisky (tried alongside this one) offered much more. It's just mellow stuff, perhaps a bit rawer than the other four Daftmills I've sampled, something to pour, sip, and forget. No harm in that, but nothing to sing about either. Perhaps it needed a little something else. More on that, tomorrow.

Availability - Secondary market
Pricing - ???
Rating - 82