...and it was worth waiting the twelve years, Mr. Cuthbert. This is a very fine Lowland malt profile in the best tradition of Rosebank so please release this 12-years old as a standard edition (because most drinkers can not afford to buy Rosebank bottlings any longer, since the collectors and investors took over)...
The colour is very pale at white wine and I use a big spheric blender's glass to have my initial sniff of Daftmill. This is quite interesting and of a profile which I call truly old-style Lowland alike - just like Rosebank during its best times. It is subtle and delicate with fine home-grown fruits (green apples, lemons and more), spring floral aromas, waxes, oils and earthy notes. After some breathing the barley sugars and other malty-mashy aromas grow stronger without harming the fragile balance of this nose. Hey, I like it!
The taste is another old Lowland style classicwith excellent barley sugars, citric fruits, floral impressions and waxy-oily-earthy notes. Again this strongly reminds me of fine old Rosebank drams of comparable age. After some chewing the sugars combine to a tasty milk chocolate flavour and some spices pep up the mix nicely.
The whisky arrives very charming on the palate with a warming and instantly coating mouthfeel. No distracting moments here. The finish is medium to long and adds some bitter herbs and notes of green tea which provides a new dimension to the profile. It gets a little drying towards the end which is not distracting. Some water releases additional chalky-mineral notes in the nose and turns the taste more approachable but less interesting. I prefer to explore this dram when neat and like to drink it both neat and a little reduced to 40% abv.