Berry Bros to distribute Daftmill whisky

Berry Bros & Rudd has announced a new distribution agreement with Scottish “new wave” distillery, Daftmill.

The producer, which is named after the Daft stream which, thanks for the local topography appears to run uphill, is situated in the heart of Fife, making it one of only nine active Lowland distilleries.

Daftmill is owned by Francis and Ian Cuthbert who set up the company in 2002 when they were granted permission to convert the old mill on the family run farm into a distillery. The first spirit was produced in 2005.

Lizzy Rudd, Berry Bros’ new chairman, said: “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.”

Daftmill is one of only two distilleries that can use the term ‘single estate’ and the only one that can be referred to as a ‘single estate farm distillery’. Being a working farm as well as a distillery, the Cuthbert’s grow all the barley required to produce their whisky on their own estate, ensuring full traceability from grain to glass. The whisky is distilled during the farm’s ‘off-season’, two months in summer and two months in winter. This traditional distillery practice has not been seen in Scotland since the 1800s, according to the company.

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 us of the estate’s barley gives Daftmill whisky a real sense of terroir and true provenance. I am confident that the spirit’s subtle Lowland charm will put Daftmill (and Fife) firmly on the whisky map.”

Daftmill’s owner, Ian Cuthbert, said: “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 very near future.”

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