Daftmill 2009

Overall rating
89.95/100
votes
78
Whiskybase ID
WB166074
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Cask
Vintage
08.07.2009
Bottled
2020
Calculated age
11 years old
Casktype
1st Fill Oloroso Sherry Butt
Casknumber
028/2009
Number of bottles
649
Strength
60.6 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Bottled for
La Maison Du Whisky
Added on
24 sep 2020 10:41 pm by Whisky_Addicted
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

€ 746.78

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Whisky reviews for Daftmill 2009

22 users have left 23 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 89.95 points.

  1. BarrelOfCoke scored this whisky 97 points Newbie

    Color: amber color
    Nose: Strong and elegant sherry aroma. With bake nut, rasin and melon.
    Taste: After Alcohol shock, the beauty comes out. Red Fruit, plum, oily.
    Finish: Long and comfortable.

  2. kanpai79 scored this whisky 90 points Specialist

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      90 90

  3. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 93 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      92 92
    • Taste
      94 94
    • Finish
      93 93
      A very positive surprise. Expensive but good. Reminds me of old Rosebank bottlings in sherry

  4. bjoel did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Serge Valentin:
    We’ve tried many more ex-bourbon Daftmills until now, but there was a 2006 ex-sherry for Berry Bros. that had been stupendous last year. Colour: deep gold. Nose: have I already written that Daftmill was of ‘grand cru’ quality in my book? Not unlike these garage wines in Pomerol that command higher prices than Pétrus or Lafleur? In fact, this nose is rather exceptional, without any of the heaviness or clumsiness that could be seen elsewhere in such a situation, and just a fantastic and very precise papaya/mango combination that no one can resist. Pink grapefruits too, and not too many raisins and walnuts. Luminous. With water: touches of tobacco and fig leaves. The grapefruits keep Hendrixing. Mouth (neat): high-precision citrus and other tropical fruits, coated with just a dollop of heather honey. Amen. With water: tiny bits of putty, saps, resins, chewing-gum, sweeter oils, waxes… Exactly what a great malty make would display. Exceptional drop and something, if I may, that’s reminiscent of some old sherried Rosebanks that D.L. used to have around Y2K. Finish: long, superb, slightly waxy and resinous, otherwise on the brightest citrus, bergamots, kumquats, grapefruits… Comments: I’m just totally impressed. Oh and no silly finishings and no silly labels, it is all about whisky at Daftmill’s (and BBR’s). Soooo smart…
    SGP:651 - 92 points.

  5. mackie_gm scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    I guess some rated it lower since it needs lots of air and time, at best fill it into 2 bottles right after opening. Otherwise it is unfair to compare it with whisky that had undergone 2-3 decades of bottle maturation. But once it starts to "live", it is top notch. Best said with Serge´s words:
    "Daftmill 11 yo 2009/2020 (60.6%, OB for LMDW, sherry butt, cask #28)
    We’ve tried many more ex-bourbon Daftmills until now, but there was a 2006 ex-sherry for Berry Bros. that had been stupendous last year. Colour: deep gold. Nose: have I already written that Daftmill was of ‘grand cru’ quality in my book? Not unlike these garage wines in Pomerol that command higher prices than Pétrus or Lafleur? In fact, this nose is rather exceptional, without any of the heaviness or clumsiness that could be seen elsewhere in such a situation, and just a fantastic and very precise papaya/mango combination that no one can resist. Pink grapefruits too, and not too many raisins and walnuts. Luminous. With water: touches of tobacco and fig leaves. The grapefruits keep Hendrixing. Mouth (neat): high-precision citrus and other tropical fruits, coated with just a dollop of heather honey. Amen. With water: tiny bits of putty, saps, resins, chewing-gum, sweeter oils, waxes… Exactly what a great malty make would display. Exceptional drop and something, if I may, that’s reminiscent of some old sherried Rosebanks that D.L. used to have around Y2K. Finish: long, superb, slightly waxy and resinous, otherwise on the brightest citrus, bergamots, kumquats, grapefruits… Comments: I’m just totally impressed. Oh and no silly finishings and no silly labels, it is all about whisky at Daftmill’s (and BBR’s). Soooo smart…
    SGP:651 - 92 points." (c) 2020 whiskyfun

  6. aphex scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    The highlight is the nose (as often). Surprisingly closed and old malt style at first, it opens to a lovely citrusy, tropical and rich nose. Palate is less balanced but very nice too.
    • Nose
      Dusty old books, tobacco, walnuts. That's all. Let's wait. After a while, citrusy notes (candied ones), whiffs of tropical fruits. And it keeps opening on more tropical notes, a touch of honey, dried fruits, leather.
    • Taste
      Strong. Honey, dried fruits, tropical fruits, citrus and spices. Borderline syrupy.
      With water, herbal tea on the nose.
    • Finish
      Long, creamy, citrusy, peppery.

  7. Nymph scored this whisky 94 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      93 93
    • Taste
      95 95
    • Finish
      94 94

  8. wisekyofcourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    The opportunity to put your nose in:
    mixture of exotic fruits and sherry at the start, then it evolves on cooked orchard fruits and dried fruits, on dusty walnuts and hazelnuts, honey, final sulfur tip
    Length, creamy sensation, warm on the yellow fruit compote, a little toasted and tobacco, woody bitterness that lingers with peppery spices.

  9. wisekyofcourse did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    for info, I have a bottle with the number:
    376 of 469, I find that funny!

  10. dram-drinker scored this whisky 91 points Photo Moderator

    Fruity and powerful - some water recommended to bring out more of the fruitiness and taste - I can't say which one I like better - the 028/2009 or the 029/2009 - for me both are on the same level - very good but definitely not legendary - though very good for modern destillates
    • Nose
      91 91
      Orange zest, cooked fruits, jam, hints of acacia honey, wet hay, pipe tobacco, spices, vanilla, little cinnamon, cardamom, cloves, little caraway, little herbs, something austere - really good!
    • Taste
      92 92
      Punchy, oily, fruity, littel liquorice, good sweetness, more fruity, more orange zest, honey, spices, pepper, hints of exotic fruits, some thai mango and passion fruit, also some herbs - very good!
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, warm, spicy, zesty, more austere notes, but still good sweetness

  11. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
      Subdued and quite balanced, which is pretty typical of Daftmills. Not too spirity despite the high strength. There is a hint of sulfur here, but it's not super obvious. I much rather my Daftmill not be too sherried..
    • Taste
      88 88
      Powerful stuff. The sherry may be strong, but what I like about Daftmills is that it has such a clean and precise spirit, and it always stays calm on the tongue. Creamy, unfiltered Japanese sake mixed with a spoonful of oloroso.
    • Finish
      87 87
      To be honest, the spirit is so good, it doesn't need a super active sherry cask to help it along. My only issue with Daftmill is that it is so so so expensive. Can't wait to try Daftmill in 2030. Like Chichibu.

      Taste wise, this is a $125 bottle. So if you're paying $500 for this, I'm happy for you because money must be burning a hole in your pocket.

  12. SRB scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    A solid whisky in which the sherry finish dominates, good for drinking, nothing to ponder for long.
    My expectations were not met (what did I actually expect?) Because the barrel dominates too much and the actual distillery character seems relatively generic.
    From the profile of the sherry, the bottling reminds me a lot of some of the Signatory CS bottlings from sherry barrels.
    The result is only a sober catch on the tasting list. Okay, not completely sober.
    • Nose
      87 87
      At the start a picture-book sherry barrel in the nose ... which, however, strongly overlays the character of Daftmill.
      There is also a hint of sulfur, which tends to lower the nose to a stable average.
      Leather, dried cranberries, wood polish, dried meat, umami. With a little time and the right amount of water, green apples and blueberries can be added.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Relatively strong, it definitely needs water to open:
      See nose, strongly dominated by sherry, hardly anything from the Daftmill can be noticed here.
      There are also added to the nose: strawberry jam, dried plums, malt beer
    • Finish
      87 87
      Strong, warm and round. At first sweet, almost like syrup, but then quickly dry and slightly bitter.

  13. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    Straightforward basic sherry not bad but the UK version is better

  14. lincolnimp scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Tasting this neat it is sweet with a little sulphur so I will add some water.
    with water, this gets sweeter and I don`t agree that the sulphur spoils this as others have mentioned. I am really sensitive to sulphur and overly Woody whisky, you would not expect too much oak at this age but while there is a bit of sulphur it is with acceptable levels in my view.
    Not as good as the bourbon cask 37 for Japan I tried immediately before this but a decent dram nonetheless but that little bit of sulphur drops it some marks
    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      87 87

  15. Tastingbros scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    Full review here:
    https://tastingbros.com/2021/02/07/my-first-daftmills/
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      91 91
    • Finish
      91 91

  16. MrYens scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

  17. Piazzolla scored this whisky 75 points Member Senior

    That some are happy with this bet, so much the better for them (how many bottles sold more expensive if not?), But for my part, tasted blind, well it is probably the worst whisky tasted for a long time!
    Alcoholic, aggressive, with totally artificial and repulsive aromas (especially sulfur).

  18. Donwaldorf scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    This is another great success from Daftmill. A nice Sherry but not only .... There are fruit and other surprises.
    • Nose
      First of all, there is a nice blend of Sherry and exotic fruits.
      Then the nose evolves towards mirabelle plums and dried fruits (hazelnuts ....)
    • Taste
      It is not alcoholic, the integration is mastered.
      We have honey, dried fruits, exoticism, citrus fruits and a touch of sulfur.
    • Finish
      Nice length, creamy, warm on citrus and fruit compote.

  19. florian09 scored this whisky 92 points Member Senior

    The nose is quite closed at the start. Some notes of fresh nuts, undergrowth and dusty old books. Looks like an old malt, I feel like it has a lot to give but is holding back a bit at the moment.
    After 20-30 minutes of ventilation, that's it. There is always that "veil" of old malt at the start and then tropical fruits literally emerge from the glass. The palate is lively but the alcohol is remarkably well integrated (60.6% all the same!). Fruits take center stage, we find the dusty old book side in the middle of the mouth as well as candle wax; there is also tobacco and a very pleasant light woody bitterness.
    The finish is long, hot and spicy.
    Simply beautiful, each to their own as they say but I can't help but think that the samples of some (informed) tasters had a problem ...

  20. Benny Lava scored this whisky 94 points Member Junior

    Nice balance of exotic fruits, mangos and papayas, as well as citrus with pink grapefruits. Also fine mix of some tobacco and honey

  21. Mikymouse scored this whisky 94 points Newbie

    Exotic fruits, lemon, honey, impressive finish (resinous)
    I have several daftmill and this one is the best, I would like to compare with the British editions, but considering the prices ...

  22. Ramuntxo scored this whisky 76 points Member Junior

    We look for fruit and we find sulfur, we look for liquorice and precious wood and we find bitter and alcoholic wood. We just want it to end.

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