Whisky Focus - Bimber Owners Unveil Plans For Dunphail Distillery In Speyside

Bimber Owners Unveil Plans For Dunphail Distillery In Speyside

1st March 2021
London's Bimber Distillery owners today unveiled plans for Dunphail Distillery, a new 200,000 LA capacity craft distillery in Speyside.

Dunphail Distillery In Speyside - Artist Impression

The folks behind London’s Bimber Distillery have today unveiled their plans to open a new Scotch whisky distillery in Dunphail, south of Forres, Speyside, Scotland.

They have submitted plans to Moray Council which are currently under review for a small 200,000 LA capacity craft Scotch whisky distillery. They intend to convert and existing farm steading into a craft Scotch whisky distillery that combines tradition and modernity into both its appearance and its production processes.

Existing farm steading on the site for the planned Dunphail Distillery.

‘Dunphail Distillery’ will feature a floor malting facility and traditional kiln designed to process 100% of the distillery’s locally sourced barley, as well as a cutting-edge visitor centre, blending rooms and dunnage warehousing. Pending planning consent and construction, distillation is expected to commence at the site in 2022. The distillery aims to produce a full-bodied, fruit-forward spirit in both unpeated and peated styles.

Speaking of the announcement, Dariusz Plazewski commented: "We’re tremendously excited by the prospect of opening Dunphail Distillery – whisky making has been a lifetime passion for us – and that enthusiasm both originated and has continued to grow from our love for the quality and diversity of Scotch. We are aiming to create whiskies with distinctive profiles that have been shaped by traditional production processes. At the same time, we are committed to building a distillery that encourages people to act, think and drink different – and for us to lead the way by reducing our environmental footprint."

The distillery will be situated and developed in an environment where people and nature thrive together. Sustainable production methods, energy efficiency and water conservation will be placed at the heart of Dunphail’s production methods, whilst ingredients and plastic-free packaging will be sourced as locally as possible, dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of the site. Together with the implementation of systems to reduce water use, the team also intend to create a new forest on the grounds of the distillery. For every cask purchased, a tree will be planted, greatly improving the biodiversity of the area and providing a wonderfully rich habitat for many insects, lichen and birds.

Darius added: "It’s an incredibly exciting time for us. We are aiming to expand our production capacity at Bimber by exploring potential London sites for a relocation – at the same time we are thrilled to be looking to Scotland to establish a new distillery that will be distinctive from and run separately to Bimber. Drawing from our experience and knowledge, we intend to combine our traditional outlook to production with a forward-looking innovative approach to whisky education and appreciation. Our vision for Dunphail is to craft truly exceptional, world-class spirit born of the techniques of the past – but with its focus firmly on the future."

It will ne a few years before we see some Dunphail single malt but meanwhile if you haven't yet tried Bimber single malt which is produced by the same folks behind Dunphail you will find it available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

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