£95 is more than I would normally pay for 12 year old but after visiting the distillery I am happy to pay it.
Whisky is for drinking and I am no auction flipper so I am going to open it and stick 2 fingers up to all the flippers.
With only 1625 bottles this should have been limited to one per customer in my humble opinion.
Lets get drinking.
A light, fruity, floral nose, classic lowlander I suppose and reminds me of some Rosebanks I have had.
Plenty of vanilla, freshly sawn pine wood, pineapple, hint of peach juice, with a little warm biscuits fresh out the oven. There is lots more but I need to taste this :)
More pastry and funnily a sliced chicken roll note?
Quite a chewy mouthfeel, creamy but slightly dry but no sign of any fruit first off.
I think water may release the fruit.
2nd mouthful it is even creamier but I get some fruit now, a little lemon and again a little fresh pineapple but also some pastry notes in the mix.
There is a dry edge to this which I feel will knock a point or 2 off the final score?
I think there is a trace of peat but not really sure, I will need to ask Francis about that?
The cereal notes are coming out now mixing with a little peat and the fruit is in the background.
A little more citrus perhaps and more biscuit but water has dulled everything else, perhaps I put too much in so no more than a few drops otherwise you could kill it but persevering it does get sweeter, you need to experiment with this one
Decent length, remaining chewy with a citrus edge right at the end.
The finish is longer with water and a little sweeter.
I will re taste this in a few days time but it is a 12 year, Daftmill is not one of those new distilleries that puts new make out, then a 2 & 3 year old so much respect to Daftmill for this 12 year, I consider this a good buy :)