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Berry Bros. & Rudd goes Daft for new whisky addition

Published:  11 December, 2017

Berry Bros. & Rudd has revealed a new global distribution agreement with Daftmill Distillery - one of only two Scottish spirit distilleries that can use the term ‘single estate’.

The London-based merchant, which is the oldest wine and spirits merchant in Britain, has the sole distribution rights to the distillery, which is named after the Daft stream in Fife, near Cupar.

Daftmill is distinctive for being one of only nine active Lowland distilleries, and is also one of only two Scottish spirits makers that can use the term ‘single estate’ on its labels.

Operating as a working farm as well as a distillery, owners Francis and Ian Cuthbert grow all the barley required to produce their whisky on their own estate and use a traditional approach where the whisky is distilled during the farm’s ‘off-season’ - two months in summer and two in winter.

Doug McIvor, Reserve Spirits Manager at Berry Bros. & Rudd said the Cuthberts’ USPs were their seasonal distillery practices, which haven’t been common since the 1800s, and traceability from grain to glass.

“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,” he said.

The first single malt from Daftmill is due to be released in the near future.