By: Andrew Whiteley
K&L Staff Member
The complexity here is astounding after just 12 years. Six first fill Bourbon barrels of the highest quality make up this bottling. The purity of vanilla and stone fruit on the nose is beguiling. It's hard to fathom how broad the spectrum of cereal flavors is that can come from just malted barley and American oak, but here it is: you've got brown sugar covered oats, toasty malt, the hint of sweet corn, the flashy spice of rye, all in one neat dram of single malt. Things get even more remarkable when you taste it. The palate is all encompassing. It jumps from sweet cinnamon and nutmeg into more peppery all spice and mace. The very fruity development is perfectly complemented by the big vanilla notes of the Bourbon barrels. The richness of flavor of heavy whipping cream is in contrast to the brightness and lively cut the spirit has at 46% ABV, but it's endlessly drinkable as is. A dab of water certainly doesn't hurt things though, it brings out even more fruit and sweet cereal notes. When you take into account the amount of work and attention to detail that went into this bottle, it's no surprise that it tastes so good. When you check yourself and remember that it's only 12 years old, it's hard to not be shocked. Upon realizing it's only the 2nd release from Daftmill to hit the United States and there are less than 2000 bottles to be had, you'll have to rush to get a 2nd bottle before they're all snapped up by collectors and hedonists alike.