Daftmill Summer Batch 2008 USA Edition

Scotch Whisky Review #390: Daftmill Summer Batch 2008 USA Edition

Distillery: Daftmill.

Region: Lowland.

Age: NAS. Distilled in 2008 and bottled in 2019.

ABV: 46.0%.

Cask Type: Bourbon.

Cask Numbers: 40, 46, 57, 59, 61, 63, and 64

Color: 0.6, Old Gold.

Nose: It smells quite sweet with sugar galore. Notes of Cotton Candy, Dippin’ Dots, and vanilla lemon icing are what dominate here.

Palate: For the first few sips, it is certainly not as sugary as the nose suggests this will be. It’s malt heavy with some smaller notes of lemon curd and cotton candy. After a couple of sips though, it turns incredibly bitter and astringent to a very unpleasant degree. As I was considering I was going to drain pour this, I decided to give it a few more minutes rest. Returning to it after a few moments, with nothing but a touch of water in that time, the bitterness and astringency was gone. In it’s place was just a ton of that cotton candy and nothing else.

Finish: Fairly short in length. It is quite herbal with dried thyme and rosemary being the main notes.

Conclusion: I’ve never had this happen before, something starting out decent before taking a massive nosedive only to seemingly recover a few minutes later. I don’t know what happened here, but all this Daftmill release has done is left me confused and very disappointed. The nose is inviting and pleasant with notes of things the wife loves, cotton candy and that “futuristic” ice cream Dippin’ Dots. The palate started off as fairly balanced, though simplistic. That turn to utter unpleasantness soured my impression and what remained at the end didn’t do anything to improve it. The finish, while short, is such a departure from the rest of the dram that it leaves me more cnofused than anything else. Would I buy a bottle? Absolutely not, not even if Daftmill pricing were within the realm of reason.

Final Score: 71.

Scotch Whisky Review #390, Lowland Review #14, Whisky Network Review #544

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