Monday, July 26, 2021


The team behind the multi-award-winning West London Bimber Distillery, have today confirmed that their plans to open a new Scottish whisky distillery and visitor centre in Dunphail, have been approved by Moray Council.  

The new Dunphail Distillery, located south of Forres, which will have a 200,000 LA capacity, will be constructed through the conversion of an existing farm steading.

Plans for new Dunphail Distillery given the green light

The ‘craft’ Scotch whisky distillery will combine tradition and modernity in both its appearance as well as its production processes. It will feature a floor malting facility and traditional kiln which will be utilised to process locally sourced barley. The fermentation times will be long, and distillation will be through direct-fired stills.

The breaking of ground expected to take place in early 2022 with distillation due to commence later that year. The company is now in the process of raising the investment requried to fund the capital expenditure costs to construct the new distillery and to fund the initial operational costs whilst casks mature.

Commenting on the news, Bimber’s Matt Mackay, said: “We’re delighted that our planning application has been approved. We’re incredibly excited to be moving forward with our new distillery. We’ve worked very closely with Moray Council to ensure that Dunphail not only harmonises with the landscape, but that it also supports the wider community and the conservation of the local environment and its ecosystems. We are looking forward to turning our vision for Dunphail into a reality and crafting truly exceptional world-class single malt whiskies.”

Additional details about the planned construction process, distillery specifications and opportunities to play a part in Dunphail’s journey through memberships and cask purchases, will announced over the coming months.

Posted by Steve Rush