Monday, March 01, 2021


The founder of the West London based Bimber Distillery, has announced plans to open a new Scotch whisky distillery.

The plans for the proposed distillery on an existing farm steading site at Dunphail, south of Forres, are currently being reviewed by Moray Council.

Bimber founder announces plans for new Scotch whisky distillery

The Dunphail Distillery, which will combine tradition and modernity into both its appearance and its production processes, 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.

The distillery which will have a 200,000 LA capacity, 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.

Commenting on the news, Darius Plazewski, Bimber Founder and Master Distiller said: “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.”

Subject to planning consent and construction, distillation at the Dunphail Distillery is expected to commence in 2022. The distillery aims to produce a full-bodied, fruit-forward spirit in both unpeated and peated styles. 

Posted by Steve Rush