Daftmill 2008

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Summer Batch Release (UK)
Calculated age
11 years old
Number of bottles
46.0 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
05 Nov 2019 1:23 pm by Maeve_Ard

Average value

€ 350,90

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56 × member ratings

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Whisky Reviews for Daftmill 2008

13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.94 points

  1. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Release price is £95, already sold out from the main distributor Berry Brothers.
    At an auction near you very soon.
    I will open mine as soon as it arrives :)
    Looks like I will not be opening it after all, BBR have over subscribed and I got an email saying my order was cancelled, great stuff, what a crap way to treat customers. :(

  2. lincolnimp scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Well after the BBR email I had a look around and manged to get this bottle today for the RRP of £95 so I consider myself lucky.
    I have of course opened it immediately because whisky is for drinking not flipping and when over £300 is being asked only a week after the release date on the secondary market, people need to see a note and decide if it is worth it.
    Not a great depth of profile but a very enjoyable whisky in a classic lowland style and as close to Rosebank as you will get.
    When this has been opened a few weeks I will try this against some younger Rosebank's to see if that assessment is right?
    This is the first tasting note on here, this may be a little light for some but at 46% an easy drinking malt with a nice fruity profile.
    Is it worth £95, to me yes in scheme of things it is but any more definitely no.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Crisp, clean & citrussy is my first thought, then a little cream.
      Lemon & grapefruit are the main fruit flavours with a hint of pear and a little gooseberry but before the berries are ripe and a little tart.
      After a few minutes in the glass there is a little dry grass,
    • Taste
      89 89
      Wow, very fruity, fizzy and full of peppery spice, good mouthfeel.
      What you have here is basically the lighter colours of the sweets in a fruit gum packet, the indication on the nose is all there on the palate.
      It has the lemon, grapefruit and some fresh pineapple with hints of a few other fruits but its like there is a little sugar in the mix it is sweet but far from too sweet and as you go on it gets a little dry and just a hint of something ever so slightly bitter which is linked to the fruit.
      The spice remains, the fruit subsides a little as you go on.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Not this bottles strongest point was my first thought but actually it is not too bad, remaining spicy and fruity until the end.
      I would describe it as fresh on the finish & quite lip smacking.

  3. Jackson05 scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    As a Canadian I am very rarely/never in a position to be one of the first to review a hyped new release. Well eat your hearts out all you Daftmill fanboys and fangirls. A big thanks to my friend for sending this sample across the big pond. I really have no feelings toward Daftmill one way or another. I am aware of the hype, but it’s inaccessible to me anyways. So I am indifferent, and I have no problem calling it like I see it.

    Ok Daftmill, you got me. Worlds apart from the 2006 Daftmill (125177), that I’m having beside it (I rate that a 77/100). This is like 8 parts older Bushmills 2 parts 73 speyside. A serious compliment. A revelation. Very impressive release. One I’ll remember and isn’t that what it’s all about? Now all you hoarders and flippers, just leave enough to come to Canada next time... All aboard the hype train. Choo choo!
    • Nose
      91 91
      It first off reminds me of a good clean Irish malt, but with a bit more heft. Grassy, tinned pear, peach and kiwi. Crisp apple. Gentle floral notes. I want to say parma violets, but I always associate that as a bad thing, I like it here. Crystal clean and pure distillate. A waxy edge and a drop of honey and with time more honey comes out. Lovely start
    • Taste
      90 90
      Oily and quenching. Sharp fruits, mandarin, Asian pear, lychee. Honey and vanilla, a good amount of both. Tree bark, pine and a little mint.
    • Finish
      91 91
      Clover honey, lychee, more honey, sap even. Mint grows, I like that. Some twigs, pine. Medium to short finish, but maybe I just want it longer. Really nice indeed. I never added water to my sample.

  4. mr_barleycorn scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Insanely full nose. Intense fruit notes of ripe pears, yellow kiwi, star fruit, lychee, a little lemon peel. I also have to think of tangerine cake with custard, which is a little too sweet. In addition butter cookies and white chocolate, sandalwood, Bircher muesli and freshly ground white pepper. The alcohol is practically imperceptible in the nose, but carries the intense aroma load. A dream!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Sweet vanilla and the cereal notes now come to the fore on the tongue. The alcohol is present but dosed just right. Again I find a potpourri of ripe bright fruits, especially the star fruit. But also the pears and the tangerines are at the start. With a second sip, the fruits become more exotic. The entire mouth is lined with an oil layer. As with previous releases of the distillery, a fine butteriness spreads and envelops the other flavors.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Medium to long. Vanilla, butter, lemon peel and a slightly spicy note. What is also noticeable in the finish is a slight musty note that makes you think of a wet cellar and stale water. I put this off-note back on the cork of the bottle, which I had to replace immediately after opening, since it was obviously spoiled. Fortunately, the contact between the distillate and the cork was short, so that only the finish suffered.

  5. Tuboo did not rate this whisky Member Senior

    From the BB&R website :

    The nose of this 2008 is initially quite floral and slightly spiced, somewhat drier than the 2006 whiskies Daftmill released in 2018. With a little time in the glass, the aromas develop into stewed apple and cinnamon, with some buttery shortbread notes building. The palate offers more spiced apple, but with a pleasant herbal note on the mid-palate. A touch of water brings out some fresh baked sponge cake, a slight grassiness and notes of tinned peach. A long finish balances waves of spice with vanilla and fresh fruit. A very exciting first glimpse of the 2008 vintage from Daftmill.

    Sold out on BB&R as of Nov 5th, however more to appear online in the near future as there are nearly 2000 bottles. Don't auction panic buy yet!

  6. dram-drinker scored this whisky 88 points Moderator

    It's light and fruity, easy drinkable, probably lacking a bit of complexity but quite enjoyable, little bit of a fruit salad for dessert - really not bad
    • Nose
      89 89
      Light, fruity, pear, apple, pineapple, hints of dry hay, honey - really good
    • Taste
      88 88
      Oily, fruity, good sweetness, vanilla, more pears and apples, some peach and apricot, probably also little banana
    • Finish
      87 87
      Medium long, warm, fruity and sweet

  7. dougaf scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Daftmill serves as one those of classic stories that I want to love. But we must try and not let our hopes get the best of us..

    I gave the other sample I had an 84, so let's see what this brings us.

    Thanks to Jackson05 for the sample!
    • Nose
      88 88
      Raw distillate. Sharp. Barley driven. Lime peels. Bitter note. Dandelion. Lime sweet tarts. Red pencil crayon shavings. Engaging.
    • Taste
      90 90
      Citrus. Maltiness. Cream. Rounded beyond its age. Lime. Under ripe lemons left in the sun. Almonds. Dark Chocolate. Movie theatre butter topping.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Slightly underdone lime cream pie crust. Chocolate covered orange and lime peels. Sweet tarts. Medium length finish.

  8. Kuba9712 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior


    a powerful hit of hard candy, very velvety, creamy texture, virtually imperceptible alcohol, honey sweetness, apples, pears, oatmeal


    floral, apples, pears, hard candy again, everything is very light and fresh,


    again very fruity, apples and pears in the foreground, slightly peppery, not very long


    This is the first time I try whisky from the Daftmill distillery, it is not incredibly complex, but it stands at a fairly decent level - 87/100

  9. MikerG2k scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  10. Johannes de Silentio scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    Color: Straw

    Nose: Immediately pleasant. More on restrained but lovely fresh fruit than one would expect from a typical Lowlander style, but that's just fine. This gives me the impression of a nice, integrated nose without being at all "rounded" (which is quickly approaching "smooth" as a dirty word for me). Further nosing allows one to parse out the citrus element. Again, this is no Rosebank going warp drive on lemons, but they're certainly there and buttressing the whole. This noses older than it is; tasted blind, I probably would have added another 5-10 years onto what the age actually is. Minerality becomes present as the nose continues to develop. There's not really any grassy note that I'm picking up on so far. Obviously, not every Lowlander has to have that, but it's telling that I don't get it when I was instinctively searching for it. In any event, a terrific nose. Water doesn't give me much else, by the way.

    Taste: Good arrival. The 46% is a nice strength for this bottling, as the mouthfeel is slightly above medium, making it a pleasant coating of the tongue, and there is no heat to speak of here. I question whether this would sip so well neat at cask strength, but that's neither a knock against this actual dram or the hypothetical one. As for flavor, the fruit continues to play an integral part, but the balance remains excellent as it was on the nose. I wouldn't call this a fruit bomb, because it's not so salient as to crowd out the other strains at work here, but it's well-executed fruitiness for sure. Same as the nose, water is not a huge addition--no harm there, the strength and palate is fine as-bottled.

    Finish: Sits pleasantly and mildly for a long-time after you've finished sipping it, refreshing.

    Comments: I, like clearly so many others in the whisky community, have been somewhat captivated by Daftmill since they made their inaugural release. The distillery represents just about everything that many drinkers are looking for in the market now: provenance/terroir, small production, traditional methods, and no-fuss bottlings and packaging. So I snagged this puppy at auction for about 50% over retail, which given how young the bottling is, isn't so bad for being able to nab your first one. I probably won't do that again, because I think the primary market will be slightly easier to navigate as the years go on, but I'd say this expenditure was worth it. I will note that my bottle arrived with the cork damaged and some of the contents (thankfully not much) had leaked out. For a bottling as new as this, I don't chalk that up to secondary market risks; rather, it's something that Berry Bros. needs to make sure is addressed.

    As for the whisky itself, I've already made clear that I think it's a very solid success. Fruit, citrus, and minerality in an otherwise light presentation: you could have convinced me this was bourbon-matured Hazelburn. I don't see anything about Daftmill being triple distilled, so I'm going to assume it is not, but I think the comparison still holds pretty well. Anyway, I look forward to following this distillery as it continues to produce, because it's off to a banging start.


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