Monday 30th April 2018: Following the recent news that it will distribute the whiskies from Daftmill; today Berry Bros. & Rudd has opened a ballot ahead of the launch of the Fife distillery’s Inaugural Release.
With limited availability of Daftmill’s first bottling, customers hoping for an opportunity to buy a bottle will have to register their interest here on the Berry Bros. & Rudd website.
The ballot closes at 5pm on Thursday 10th May 2018, after which 250 customers will be selected at random. Full details and T&Cs can be found on the website.
The whisky signifies several firsts: as well as being the first release from the distillery, Daftmill is thought to be the first Lowland distillery to open since 1966 and the first new distillery in the Kingdom of Fife in over 100 years.
Francis Cuthbert comments: “Since starting the distillery, we have concentrated most of our efforts on producing the best whisky we can. We operate around the farming year and our unhurried methods of distillation have meant we can only produce around 100 casks of whisky a year. It is a great feeling knowing we are finally in a place to release our first whisky.”
“The launch of the Inaugural Release will also be the first chance customers have to see the new label and packaging –we hope the clean, simple and honest design reflects our approach to production.”
A true farm distillery, Daftmill is owned and operated by the Cuthbert family. The distillery only runs during the farm’s quiet periods; mid-summer and winter – the Daftmill Summer Release and Daftmill Winter Release whiskies to be launched later in the year, reflect this seasonal working pattern.
The ballot for Daftmill’s Inaugural Release 70cl (RRP. £210) will close on 10th May, after which entrants will be randomly selected to purchase one of the limited release bottles. 250 further bottles will be released to specialist retailers in early June. The Daftmill Summer Release will be available from 22nd June(RRP £95).
About Daftmill Inaugural Release:
This whisky is drawn from Daftmill’s first attempts at mashing, brewing and distilling and are the first casks to have been selected for bottling.
This first bottling from Daftmill has been produced using 100% Chariot barley grown on the Daftmill Farm. Grown in the Dam Park and Curling Pond fields located close to the distillery, the barley was cut on the 31st of August 2004. It was among the last barley malted in Fife by Robert Kilgour & Co, before its closure.