Daftmill 2005

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Inaugural Release
Calculated age
12 years old
1st Fill Bourbon
05/02, 05/03 & 05/07
Number of bottles
55.8 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
06 may 2018 9:35 pm by mawean
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 5864.94

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72 × member ratings

147 × in collection

Whisky reviews for Daftmill 2005

12 users have left 12 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 86.54 points.

  1. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86
      Nice but he can't (yet) get a good Rosebank.

  2. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Photo Moderator

    Fresh and powerful, very drinkable
    • Nose
      89 89
      Fresh fruits, apple, lemon, honey, dry hay, little floral, white pepper, more on yellow fruits, hints of cereals - really not bad
    • Taste
      88 88
      Punchy, vanilla, citric, subtle sweetness, more yellow fruits, spices, white pepper, honey, hay
    • Finish
      87 87
      Long, warm, spicy, citric, vanilla

  3. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Honey, old books, herbs, citrus, orchard fruits, not bad and promising

  4. Whiskinger did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Bottle number 626/629 is stolen. Don't buy!

  5. lincolnimp scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Quite a shy nose at first with lemon, apple & biscuit.
    Plenty of white fruits here, apple and pear, similar ro Rosebanks of a similar age.
    Fizzy, lively and nicely sweet, with everything on the palate that the nose promised
    Water is not needed here but a few drops releases even more sweetness on the palate and adds a few white pepper notes on the nose.
    For a first release this is good stuff
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  6. DocF scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Color: pale straw

    More resinous than the other Daftmill fillings, in the mouth he has already gotten properly wood, it was probably time that the whisky came out of the barrel.
    • Nose
      Better with water: dark, resinous musk note, cowshed, wet earth, sage. Lilac blossom, more resin, tree sap. Little lime juice, orange peel. Wonderful, but lets miss something intensity. Frankincense, furniture polish. Dandelion honey.
    • Taste
      Too much dry wood, so - with water: little dry wood, more butter, sage, privet blossom, bitter almond flavor, sourdough. Buzzle something, mouth-filling he is. Tanninlastig over time, black coffee from yesterday.
    • Finish
      Medium. Espresso, privet flower, yoghurt, freshly cut branches, resin. Not too bitter.

  7. maltaholic scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    Relatively bright in color, first fill even.

    In the aroma it immediately reminds of a Williams pear Schaps.
    Only slowly does the oak come through.
    But the alcohol is not too short.
    A fine spice over everything.

    Sweet in the mouth,
    then getting stronger and stronger.
    Yes, he already has it.
    Really strong, but also very aromatic.

    There are sawdust pounded with alcohol,
    almost something like plum,
    now smells like a fruiting
    but stays on the spicy side in terms of taste.

    For once I add a teaspoon of water ...
    The alcohol in the nose stays.
    The Williams pear too.
    He is drinking better now,
    but nothing changes in taste.

    I like that,
    I'm not euphoric,
    but I'm looking forward to more bottlings ...

  8. malt_fan_06 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Pur more than a bulky, rough journeyman with too much insufficiently included alcohol, but a very appealing nose.
    But if you give him plenty of water, the picture changes: full, rounder, longer and quite good to drink.

    Exciting first litter from Daftmill, that certainly has potential. But there is still a lot of work to be done before the quality justifies the invoked prizes (the regular successor batches).

    Has amazing punch for a lowlander.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Something alcoholic. Clearly grainy, hay, some strawberry, peach, vanilla, mineral undertones.
      It comes with a bit of air and lemon - and the Alk is weaker. Pretty deep and elegant.

      With water: moss, damp forest soil, coniferous forest and vanilla plunder particles. Plus a little peach and lemon. With ventilation, the hay is back.
    • Taste
      86 86
      Start sweet. Then something alcoholic, burns noticeably. Looks rough and a bit rough. Very spicy, grainy, impetuous. Again peach, cereals, malt. Will then something rounder.

      With water: much more pleasant and rounder. Full, oily-fat, again cereals, peach, mirabelle and vanilla.
      Some ginger sharpness.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Spicy, too alcoholic-burning here. Much cereal. A hint of gum in the finish. Very dry.

      With water: here, too, noticeably better and longer. Bread crust, peach, floral undertones.

  9. nallacam scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur

    Rarely experienced such a bad PLV.

  10. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur


    N: Less overtly fruity than the second ‘Summer Batch Release’, but it’s still decidedly fruity.

    T: That youthful & joyous bubblegum-ish fruitiness from the second release is again present, coupled with some chalkiness.

    F: A fruity bourbon-aged tannic-sour, vanilla-savoury finish.

    C: I like this too, a degree more than the Summer Batch perhaps. We all witnessed the crazy auction prices that followed the release, similarly as bonkers as Ardbeg’s Grooves.

    Scores a B

  11. Tom na Gruagaich scored this whisky 90 points Connoisseur

    Thank you Daftmill for the stamina, a wonderful Lowlander. Certainly not for everyone, but for friends of style. He needs some time and water. I'm looking forward to more bottlings.
    • Nose
      Immediately a lot of fruit, lemon, sour apples, honey, flower meadow, grass, a little hay, slight farm smells. Typically Lowland. With water, the nose is even fruity, fresh, lemony and smells even more flower meadow, to some yeast. The nose is a real highlight.
    • Taste
      Pur first very warm and strong, quite malty, fruity, tart, citrus zest, floral, green. With water comes a nice sweetness, which clutches with neat pepper and the ethereal citrus oils, slightly cooling, mint. Water is definitely good for him.
    • Finish
      Tart, fresh, citrus, slightly bumpy, mineral, astringent, long and very mouth-filling, very long after adding water

  12. teejayess scored this whisky 83 points Member Senior

    Very happy to have tried this! Given that it is a seasonal, small scale farm distillery I'd be inclined to pick up something of their next releases. 
    • Nose
      Started off with lemon curd, a sage like herbaciousness and olive oil/green olives. With water - recommended - became fruitier with coconut chips/oil. After a bit of time in the glass it had the most intense and pronounced milk chocolate malt note I have come across, like Maltesers had a baby with Tim Tams. Also, a definite candied orange note that came and went teasingly. 
    • Taste
      Quite light and floral. 
    • Finish
      BIt more of the same, pretty well balanced it seemed but I always struggle getting anything from the finish. 


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