Scottish distillery Daftmill has appointed Berry Bros & Rudd as its global distributor as it prepares to release its first single malt whisky.
Located in Fife near Cupar, it is part of a new wave of distilleries and one of only nine active Lowland distilleries. Brothers Francis and Ian Cuthbert produced the first spirit in 2005 which is maturing in ex-bourbon casks from Kentucky’s Heaven Hill distillery.
Being a working farm as well as a distillery, the Cuthberts grow all the barley required to produce their whisky on their own estate, ensuring full traceability from grain to glass.
It means that Daftmill is one of only two Scottish distilleries that can use the term “single estate” and the only one that can be referred to as a “single estate farm distillery”.
The whisky is distilled during the farm’s “off season”: two months in summer and two months in winter, producing around 100 casks per year. This traditional distillery practice has not been seen in Scotland since the 1800s.
Doug McIvor, Reserve spirits manager at Berry Bros & Rudd, said: “What I find so appealing about Daftmill is their unique and traditional seasonal production cycle which is led by Francis’ quiet periods on the farm.
“I also believe their sole use of the estate’s barley gives Daftmill’s whisky a real sense of terroir and true provenance. I’m confident that the spirit’s subtle Lowland charm will put Daftmill, and Fife, firmly on the whisky map.”
Ian Cuthbert added: “Daftmill is pleased to appoint Berry Bros & Rudd as global distributor and we look forward to releasing the first single malt to the market place in the near future.”
Lizzy Rudd, Berry Bros & Rudd’s new chairman, commented: “As a family business, Berry Bros & Rudd naturally sees an affinity with other family-owned companies. The Cuthbert family, who own Daftmill, have been growing malting barley in the Howe of Fife for six generations.”
The whisky takes its name from the Daft stream which, thanks to the local topography, appears to run uphill.