Friday, September 23, 2022


The Dunphail Distillery, which has been founded by the same team behind the West London based Bimber Distillery, has announced the launch of the first releases in a new independent bottling series.

The Dava Way series, which is named after the Great Scottish Trail that follows the path of the former Highlands Railway, passing close to the Speyside based Dunphail Distillery, looks to explore the remarkable individuality of whisky – at a price which is fair to consumers.

The Dava Ways Series - Release No.1

Led by Dunphail’s Director of Whisky Creation and Outreach Matt McKay, The Dava Way has conscientiously sourced an array of thought-provoking casks that celebrate both flavour and uniqueness. These will be delivered to consumers as transparently as possible – free from any artifice, colour or chill filtration.

The first four releases in The Dava Way series, are comprised of:
An Orkney Distillery 2005 – 17 Year Old
Drawn from a single hogshead (61.3% ABV)
Limited to 300 bottles – RRP: £89.95
Glen Elgin 2008 – 13 Year Old
Drawn from a single re-charred hogshead (51.8% ABV)
Limited to 305 bottles – RRP: £69.95
Benrinnes 2009 – 12 Year Old
Drawn from a single hogshead (54% ABV)
Limited to 305 bottles – RRP: £69.95
Dailuaine 2009 – 13 Year Old
Drawn from a single Cognac butt (50% ABV)
Limited to 510 bottles – RRP: £59.95
Commenting on the launch, Matt McKay said: “Whilst the whisky world is far from short of new independent bottlers, a number are either bottling cask-to-cask using 3rd parties or are in our view placing profit over and above profile and personality. The Dava Way will take a different approach. We will be utilising the warehousing and production facilities at Dunphail to actively guide and shape the maturation and character of our whiskies and will likewise be pricing our releases for drinking, not as collectibles. The Dava Way has been entirely conceived and developed as a project borne of passion – a love for sharing the incredible diversity that is possible when spirit meets wood. Alongside my role defining and developing Dunphail’s wood policy and eventual single malt profiles, I am delighted to also now be sharing this broader, ongoing expedition into the individuality of whisky.”
Releases in The Dava Way series will follow a monthly cycle, commencing next month, when the four inaugural bottlings will be showcased at The London Whisky Show. Bottles will initially be available via the Dunphail Distillery’s website and distillery shop.

Posted by Steve Rush