Monday, December 11, 2017


Berry Bros. & Rudd, has today announced a new global distribution deal with the Fife based Daftmill Distillery.

Producing around 100 casks of whisky per year, Daftmill Distillery is currently one of only nine active Lowland distilleries.

Daftmill Distillery

Daftmill is owned by brothers Francis and Ian Cuthbert, who in 2002 were granted permission to convert the old mill on the family farm into a distillery. The first spirit was produced in December 2005 and the bourbon cask from Kentucky’s Heavenhill Distillery was ceremoniously filled by Francis and Ian’s mother.

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 farms ‘off-season’; two months in summer and two months in winter. This traditional distillery practice has not been seen in Scotland since the 1800’s.

Commenting on the news, 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.”

Full details of the deal including the whiskies and markets that Berry Bros. & Rudd will be distributing to, will be announced shortly.

Posted by Steve Rush