Daftmill 2006

Overall rating
87.79/100
votes
158
Whiskybase ID
WB206405
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Cask Strength
Vintage
2006
Bottled
2022
Stated Age
15 years old
Casktype
28x 1st fill Bourbon Barrels
Number of bottles
5338
Strength
55.7 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Label
Chariot Barley
Barcode
5060664610378
Added on
20 mar 2022 8:59 pm by Dris
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 287.11

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Whisky reviews for Daftmill 2006

46 users have left 46 reviews for this whisky. Average rating is 87.79 points.

  1. holborndrinker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    A decent dram that I hope people will actually try - considering it's a CS dram, it's very easy to drink and needed no water. Well worth supping.
    • Nose
      85 85
      The alcohol sits well in the glass, with spice and cake noes coming through (Dundee cake perhaps), also a touch of the harvest lurking in the background - silage perhaps.
    • Taste
      85 85
      A pleasant mouthfeel with the alcohol again being well balanced - no burn. Quite gentle, with a warmth building, some notes of Pontefract cake, some sweetness, but overall very calm.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Medium finish with the spice building and a little heat round the edge.

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  3. whiskyaudiophile scored this whisky 89 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      91 91
      Milky caramel candy, light grassiness, lots of vanilla, honey biscuits.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Vanilla custard, balanced alcohol kick, mint, honey, milk nougat chocolate, milk cream.
    • Finish
      88 88
      Lots of mint, vanilla, wood spice, a hint of pepper.

  4. vlad78 scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Excellent balance of density, taste and strength. Yellow apple, rich sweet dough with yeast tones, linden honey flowing over a cut apple, melon and pear.
    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  5. Макс scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      88 88

  6. geo21220 scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  7. Killswitch scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  8. hogsheadwhisky scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    In short great. This is without a doubt a great single malt from the ex-bourbon cask. Above all, this pronounced vanilla and the fruit, which I particularly noticed as an apricot, know how to inspire me. What I'm less enthusiastic about is the advertised price of up to € 250. Unfortunately, this farm distillery has been ranked high in the hype universe for years. But apart from the price, the malt is a pleasure.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Very delicate aromas. Very delicate. A slight hint of hay and straw mixed with the scent of citrus fruits and some butter and cream. The first smell reminds me a little of the 12y Bruichladdich from ADoS, which was also allowed to mature in bourbon casks - especially because of this fine nose with the impression of lemon, hay and a hint of something milky/cheesy.
      After a few minutes it gets downright tropical and fruity sweet. Ripe juicy sliced pieces of pineapple, mango pulp, some banana, a hint of apricot and/or roasted peach and green apple with lots of honey and a great vanilla cake dough note. Here the bourbon cask has struck full, bourbon nose par excellence. Although the alcohol announces itself with a slight tingling sensation, the cask strength is well integrated at over 55%.
      With a little water, the vanilla and, above all, the apricot come out so clearly as a roaster or compote. Great!
    • Taste
      90 90
      The malt opens with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Delicious. A vanilla bomb! With the first sip, a vanilla note spills onto the tongue like I've never had in a malt before. Then the warm cake dough, filled with sweet apricot and now more mango roasters, joins in again. Then the taste changes to spicy. The 15 years in the barrel show up with a pleasant, slight spiciness reminiscent of pepper or a good ginger beer. The slightly grassy and the butter or yeast notes from the nose are no longer present in the mouth - only vanilla, fruit, cake and pepper/ginger. The alcohol is very well integrated.
      With the addition of water, the vanilla and the fruit become even more concise in the mouth - it's hardly possible anymore - and also sweeter. The spiciness decreases a bit at the same time, but remains clear from the middle part and is a good counterpoint to the vanilla fruit load.
    • Finish
      89 89
      Still a lot of vanilla in the finish. Towards the end, the bitter but still very aromatic wood aromas become a little drier in the mouth. The beautiful combination of vanilla, fruit and oak load are retained for quite a long time.

  9. springtank scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  10. DawidAC scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      85 85

  11. Monstruo scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  12. Gous scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

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

  13. sphinx scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      84 84

  14. Kalamadei scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

  15. LaCCuZZi scored this whisky 85 points Member Senior

    nice nose, fruity and fresh vegetal hints

  16. FernetBranco scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      86 86

  17. eselsim scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    A memorable whisky. Very pleasant salty taste. I recommend
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  18. mema82 scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      88 88

  19. WhiskyMue scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      90 90
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      85 85

  20. Tommyknocker scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    That's exactly what I wanted, an ingeniously made fruit whisky, bottled just in time. I think that larger or refill casks should be used here if the maturation time is even longer. Definitely a high quality Lowland Malt! Keep it up!
    • Nose
      92 92
      Exactly as I had hoped: the longer maturity hasn't gnawed at the phenomenal fruitiness one bit, on the contrary, it seems even denser, even sweeter, heaviest honey, grapefruit, blood orange, mango, whatever you want to interpret into it, that's high concentrated whisky art!
    • Taste
      90 90
      Start also enormously fruity, Maoam with grapefruit flavor, if that exists. Then follows white pepper, neatly called oak, but of the good, dry-spicy kind, fits very well into the picture
    • Finish
      90 90
      Long, the oak sticks to the palate along with the sweet honeyedness.

  21. Whiskyslam scored this whisky 95 points Expert Junior

    Whisky in 1920's Blenders Glass. Color gold; Mood: Angry, constantly. Series: The Daredevil.
    Already a legend: Daftmill. Would he have a chance in blind tasting?
    Wetting the Palate: https://www.whiskybase.com/whiskies/whisky/171952/daftmill-2009
    Nose: After 15 min: Cotton candy, Turkish delight or lokum (Ottoman Turkish: لوقوم), banana, coconut, syrup, stumble and fall into the autumn leaves - a breath of it. Cold bowl for the Sultan ('Hosaf'), but without cloves. Let's stay in the Orient: Baklava. Blind flight back to Europe: croissants. Hell of a kitchen these flavors. Close your eyes, blind or not blind, this whisky sends you on an unexpected journey through Eurasia, on a flying carpet of leaves on a warm cloud of vanilla. Aloha, campfire marshmallows. Candied pineapple. Isn't that America? Wow, interesting barrels, no question. Eat sleep stave repeat. Period.
    After 30 minutes, roasted pistachios, cinnamon notes, dear whisky god, don't let it end. 1001 night. Damn, wrong series, we're actually on Moon Knight. Brown raw cane sugar - Demerara!
    Mouth: After about 40 min: Sherbet or sharbat (شربت), meaning a drink of sugar and water.
    But who the hell mixed in the chili flakes? Whoa, that's sharp, Mashallah. A pepper sharpness, black. A grain of salt. Grade A maple syrup flashes through. Fifth sip: coats your teeth, oil? No, rather waxy. Nutmeg, allspice spiciness, cinnamon spiciness, cloves spiciness, ginger spiciness, turmeric spiciness et cetera et cetera et cetera. The whole extended family of Spiciness and the Spicegirls.
    Finish: Hot, hot, hot, warms the throat down to the Adam's apple. Forever long. Never ending Story. A grain of salt. The palate remains dry, the tongue almost sticks to it. Blunt teeth.
    Water after 70 min, half a teaspoon:
    Nose: The spiciness breaks out like a plague, burning the nose. Cotton candy fights against it. Good vs Evil. The Eternal Struggle.
    Mouth: More chilli. This is joined by the whole pepper family of all stripes. Really folks, that's too much, I'm completely overwhelmed, do I still like it? Wax and oil occupy the pharynx.
    More water, pleaseeee!
    90 min, plus another half teaspoon:
    The nose becomes milder, the spiciness slowly transforms into spices. What is this new devilry? Magic in Hell's Kitchen.
    We want to dare more water!
    100 min, a total of two teaspoons of water in the whisky:
    Nose: Sharbet aromas paired with spices from the Orient. A touch of India in the air, sweet curry, a vanilla pod scraped out and forgotten. Caramelized sugar fills the air, pairs with cream, becomes Werther's Original (from the original German: Werthers Echte).
    Mouth: What a change! This is witchcraft, taste explosions. The sweetness and the sharpness practice kung fu, extremely exciting moves in the mouth. Citrus and other exotic fruits join the fight. Spices, vanilla and a touch of tonka applaud in the background.
    Three more drops of water and the impressions change again. Kung Fu becomes Tai Chi. A new hero enters the scene: Oak! Now I see the bigger plan here! Too much water and this new hero tends to take the lead. This whisky is above all a game with water (not fire!). Every whisky lover has to reach their personal bliss point drop by drop! Once the point is hit, this whisky becomes Felix Felicis.
    Now close your eyes, visual impressions are superfluous. Meditate for 10 minutes, waiting for Nirvana. On the palate, Asian spices are still exercising martial arts.
    "You Hit Them And They Get Back Up, I Hit Them And They Stay Down." - FrankCastle

  22. 3_243F6 scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Very nice Daftmill.
    • Nose
      87 87
      Very citric with lemons and gooseberries. Some dough but less yeasty than typical for Daftmill. Fresh green apples, honey, malt, hay.
    • Taste
      88 88
      Fruity with even more green apples, a few red ones, tart lemons. Malt, hay, a tiny bit floral. Some wood, vanilla
    • Finish
      88 88
      Tart, citric, and fruity again, but more malty biscuity-ness now. Honey, vanilla, hay, and there's the dough. Fresher on the tail.

  23. PanAroma0815 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      86 86
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  24. Funtik scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

  25. Obynapewno scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      86 86

  26. whisky_knight scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    From the initial neck pour and first 2 drams, the Daftmill 15 Year Cask Strength is surprisingly bitter overall, with the pleasing honey, barley sugars, cereal notes losing out against the grapefruit pith bitterness. The ABV is kept in check, which is great.

    But, over the course of a few months and a few tastings with friends, after the “neck pour” portion, and currently around halfway through the bottle, it improves. The creamy vanilla, candied apples, apple tart, even salted toffee notes become more prominent. The grapefruit pith, old wood bitterness is kept in check better, but it’s still present.

    Overall, this very first Daftmill 15 Year Cask Strength release is nice and powerful in flavors, but it’s also a delicate dram (with some of those heather honey, open field notes). After the neck pour, this becomes a good bottle and delicious dram, but still leans a touch too much on the grapefruit pith / old wood bitter side to call it great.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Ripe red and green apples, honey, vanilla. Slight alcohol burn on the nose even after resting 30 minutes. The cask strength ABV (55.7%) (111.4 Proof) is felt. Gentle florality.

      2nd dram: Red apples, apple tart. Honey cake. Vanilla marzipan pastry.

      With 10 drops of water: The nose holds strong, red apples, the vanilla is reduced, white wine notes, the ABV burn is almost gone now.

      Halfway through the bottle: Caramel honey, vanilla, ripe red apples, fresh baked apple & apricot tart, ABV burn.
    • Taste
      80 80
      Medium viscous mouthfeel. While the ABV was felt on the nose (even after a long rest), there’s only a gentle ginger spice on the palate; a nicely balanced dram. Beautiful gentle malt flavors coming through. Barley sugars, light cereal notes. Honey, summer flowers in an open field, gentle herbs in a garden (not herbal), grapefruit brightness and bitterness. New hewn lumber.

      2nd dram: Light apples, vanilla. Floral honey, bitter herbs, grapefruit pith. Ginger is still gentle despite the strong 55.7% ABV, the excellent balance continues.

      With 10 drops of water: Medium-thin mouthfeel now. The dram turns extremely bitter at this point, oaky bitterness. The ginger spice increases(!), feeling hotter than when it was neat. The barley sugars and sweetness is greatly reduced and minimized, the dram feels unbalanced now.

      Halfway through the bottle: Still a pleasant medium oily mouthfeel. Spicy ginger at the front palate, but it gets under control by mid-palate. Creamy vanilla, candied apples, caramel, more grapefruit pith, old wood, dusty bitterness. Salted toffee, toasted dark chocolate.
    • Finish
      77 77
      Long. There’s a fading gentle ginger at this point, the cask strength ABV is kept in check throughout the palate and finish. More grapefruit, some apple sweetness. Oaky bitterness.

      Halfway through the bottle: Still a long finish. Dusty old furniture, old oak bitterness, fading ginger, red apples, toasted caramel, grapefruit pith.

  27. whiskydramo scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      Loads of gooseberries, sour plums, greengages and carambola. A ton of sour fruits. Behind the distinctive unripe sour green fruits, you could also find cardboard wood, corn juice, hot pancake with syrup, roasted purple sweet potatoes, water chestnuts and paper wrapped sponge cake. Green tea joined after a sip.
    • Taste
      Yellow plums, carabao mangos, yellow kiwis, yellow plums, corn fibre, fruitier than I thought. After some chewing, unripe sour carambola, oranges then pomelos with some pith, warm waffle, water chestnuts, a little bit of resin and eventually citrus zest.
    • Finish
      Pith, green tea with aged effect, some honey, coal, vehicle exhaust and later showed signs of paraffin water chestnuts, corn fibre and mung bean mash. It was also slightly smoky like burnt hay. After about a minute, dried figs and salty dried Chinese plum (li hing mui).

  28. WiltChamberlain scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      87 87
    • Taste
      83 83
    • Finish
      82 82

  29. kofima scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      89 89

  30. OJK scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

    Creamy lowland fruits, along with floral candy (lavender drops), balanced with a bitter herbal edge.

  31. Dram Dracula scored this whisky 81 points Connoisseur

    Not a very good showing...
    • Nose
      82 82
      A bit unbalanced initially. Whiffs of strong rubbing alcohol mixed with pepper spice and white wine.
    • Taste
      82 82
      Punchy. Full of white grounded pepper spice and sweet (but not fruity), almost sourish notes. Again, not very balanced. I'm usually quite impressed with Daftmill but this older age bottling is not really that good, to be honest. A bit plastic. Yea, this one is all over the place....
    • Finish
      80 80
      Not a good finish.

      If I didn't know better, I would have thought this was one of those less than average quality Rare Malts that are 60% in ABV from an average distillery like Millburn.

  32. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2022/10/03/wlp-6-today/

    Made up from 28 1st-fill bourbon barrels, it’s refreshing to see a bottle presented without pomp or fanfare – the antithesis of Diageo’s meteoric Special Releases Collection 2022 [meatrobot].

    Daftmill’s bottle, by comparison, states the basic facts: vintage, bottling year, age, abv, and a little about the farm & distillery. Job done! Let’s crack on.

    N: A bold [oak] dry yet somewhat fatty nose leads into notes of floral honey, pineapples & mirabelles over leathery Weetabix, a little engine oil,… a hint of apricots! An easy read that’s for sure, one I might start to crave, but try guessing the distillery, blind – Imperial meets Inchgower?!

    T: A powerful arrival, likened to releases from Buffalo Trace’s Antique Collection, and rather bitter-sour in conjunction with the sweeter previous bourbon cask contents. A little water goes a long way, providing a long & colourful unravel and a more viscose mouthfeel. ‘Scotch meets bourbon’ may be a working title.

    F: Somehow, the ripe vibrant spirit and [cask] resinousness is working just fine in tandem. The long finish, neat or otherwise, is more akin to the nose than the palate. We’re not far away from calvados at times, especially at the finish line.

    C: It’s remarkable that the spirit has survived those small casks for so long. There were plenty of concerns in the intervening years [WLP]. In the end, we’ve maverick whisky from a maverick farmer.

  33. marcusjang scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    Sample courtesy of a friend.

    I was not lucky enough to have tasted any Daftmill before this. Thankfully a friend saw that and rectified it.

    Unfortunately this batch - at least according to his explanations - falls a bit short compared to some other single casks (that he had tried), especially with the finish falling towards to more pungent, raw garlicky, harsh metallic notes. Would have certainly given it a higher score if not for that.

    On the upside, the nose with ripe (tropical) fruits is second to none. Quite explosive and enjoyable on that regards. It's apparent that the base Daftmill malt is certainly characterful, and I can almost draw parallels to other newer distilleries such as Dornoch or Bimber. Perhaps that's due to the longer fermentation times, but I digress...

    Overall quite a positive experience, and I'll certainly keep an eye on sourcing a future bottling of Daftmill while I savour what's left in my sample vial.
    • Nose
      Pineapples & guava, bananas, candied lemon peel, earl grey tea, slight peachy undertone
    • Taste
      Pineapples, earl gray, seltzer, oily texture, unripe tomatoes, raw garlic, hint of petrol
    • Finish
      Seltzer, mineral & chalk, slightly metallic, hint of butter, black peppercorns

  34. kanpai79 scored this whisky 87 points Specialist

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

  35. zzqfyl scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  36. MrYens scored this whisky 88 points Expert Senior

  37. dram-drinker scored this whisky 89 points Photo Moderator

    Powerful and fruity, very drinkable
    • Nose
      90 90
      Fruity, citrusy, pineapple, nectarine, peach, banana, orange peel, some apricot, jam, fresh apple, spices, vanilla, cinnamon, gingerbread, marzipan, dry hay, hints of cigar tobacco, whiffs of oak wood - really good!
    • Taste
      89 89
      Punchy, oily, creamy, citrusy, lemon peel, spices, pepper, ginger, subtle sweetness, more exotic and orchard fruits, jam, vanilla, custard cream, herbs, oak wood - still good!
    • Finish
      88 88
      Long, warm, spicy, fruity, vanilla, marzipan, ginger, some herbs

  38. Tomatin1980 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    Daft Mill 15

    Remarkably subdued scent. You really have to stand for a while to get out. Then candies and grassy notes. And then you take a sip...starts extremely dry like a grain of grain in your mouth, and the pencil shavings are there too. Not disturbing, the alcohol brings a strong backbone. Aftertaste offers little. Then just add water. The dry tone remains. Here it is avenged that only first fill barrels are used for this expression. You would like the distillate to have the upper hand, but unfortunately the wood is very present. Good whisky, but with challenges. Probably a little too one-sided to be really big.

    Warning: the price has now been reversed; you now pay first for the brand and then for the quality of the whisky.

  39. Hvdree scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      87 87

  40. JNuyts scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  41. DramALife scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    S 8
    Agree with others. It tastes different from the previous Daftmills, in the way that the extra years in cask did magic to the liquid. More layers and more complexities. My favourite Daftmill so far. No water is needed.

    [86-89] YES!!! One to be tasted and remembered for years. I'll buy a bottle whenever possible.

    N 28
    Very reserved, give it 20mins and the flavours exploded in a great way. Daftmill DNA is here, lemony, spring grassland, fresh dough. Rakia-ish fruitiness. Cereals. Fresh pineapples.

    P 26
    Rich, full-bodied with a lot of bourbon cask influence here. Vanilla, buttery oak, filtered honey, custard. Barley sugar. Oak tannin. A ton of refreshing citrusy.  Heated spices all along but interesting not intrusive, well integrated.

    F 24
    Mid-short, slightly dry finish. Oaky. Digestive biscuits. Mild spices and fruits (lime/lemon) lingering.

  42. thijs100 scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    It's a fresh, summery whisky but with some weightiness as well.
    • Nose
      A hint of cloves and licorice, as it needs a little time to open up towards vanilla custard, lemon curd and dried flowers, but also beeswax, lawn clippings and cornflakes, but also sweet pastry. Finally some fruity hops, while water brings out a mineral touch. Lovely balance and very approachable, even at cask strength.
    • Taste
      Buttery mouthfeel with a slice of mango, quickly followed by punchy, yet warming spices and ginger, but also a touch of Calvados, pineapple and grasses. Some hoppy bitterness too. With water a more herbacious side is revealed. Pine resin too.
    • Finish
      Lingering notes of apfelstrudel, vanilla sauce and orchard fruits. Medium to long.

  43. pyrotukker scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    beautiful nose, however very plain mouth and finish.
    • Nose
      89 89
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      87 87

  44. SpringBarley scored this whisky 91 points Expert Senior

    orchard fruits, tropical fruits, vanilla, forest honey, nuts, oak, nutmeg

    my favourite Daftmill release so far! great that they put it out in cask strength

  45. The_Malt_Hunter scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    A regular 15 years old bourbon barrel matured cask strength lowland single malt whisky.

    A wee bit boring and no-surprise memory point of the flavours.
    • Nose
      83 83
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83

  46. Baanaanaabob scored this whisky 87 points Connoisseur

    Cookie dough, cereals, vanilla, banana, custard cream, apple pie, yellow fruits, herbs, white pepper, a bit burning, not bad

  47. Rosebanker66 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      83 83
      In the end, unlike other Daftmills, it's very short... too bad

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