Daftmill offers whisky fans 2008 vintage by the dramBy Nicola Carruthers
Lowland distillery Daftmill is side-stepping ‘bottle flippers’ by offering its 2008 vintage single cask expression by the dram in select Scottish bars.
Berry Bros & Rudd and Daftmill have teamed up to sell Daftmill Single Cask 2008 #68 in 25ml measures for the price of £10 (US$13). Bottles will not be available to buy.
Described as a first for the industry, the expression will only be available to buy at venues operated by Scottish chain The Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland.
It is being offered by the dram so that it can be sampled by “genuine whisky lovers” after bottles of the 2008 single cask released earlier this year sold out in minutes. A few weeks later, the bottles appeared on auction sites at hugely inflated prices.
“As much as we appreciate the high demand for our whisky, we’ve always distilled with the goal of it being opened and drunk by people that really enjoy a dram,” said Francis Cuthbert of Daftmill.
“Releasing this single cask with The Independent Whisky Bars of Scotland is a great way to ensure that every bottle we release will be opened and drunk over the next few months.”
Jonny McMillan of Berry Bros & Rudd said: “This is a really exciting and innovative idea from Daftmill.
“There is a lot of conversation in the whisky-sphere around how to fight ‘bottle flippers’ and releasing a very desirable single cask of whisky purely for sale by the dram is a wonderful idea that really speaks to how much Daftmill values its fanbase.”
The expression is drawn from Daftmill’s 2008 stock and is the first single cask to be released from this vintage.
Cask number 68 is a first-fill ex-Bourbon barrel and was selected by the bar chain to be bottled at a natural strength of 55.5% ABV. The cask was filled on 9 December 2008.
Daftmill Single Cask 2008 #68 will be available in 25ml measures at the following sites from 1 November: The Ardshiel (Campbeltown), Artisan (Wishaw), The Bon Accord (Glasgow), Dornoch Castle Hotel (Dornoch), Fiddlers Inn (Drumnadrochit), The Highlander Inn (Craigellachie) and The Malt Room (Inverness).