Wednesday, October 18, 2023


The Speyside based Dunphail Distillery, has today announced that it has started production.

The distillery which was constructed over 18 months by the team behind the West London based Bimber Distillery, aims to take the traditions of the past to craft the whisky of the future.

Dunphail Distillery

Dunphail, which has a 200,000 LPA capacity, will operate a full suite of time-honoured processes including: on-site floor malting, traditional kilning, long fermentations and directly-fired stills.

Producing both unpeated and peated single malt whiskies, the distillery will employ these long-established techniques to craft highly textural, fruit-forward single malt whiskies which offer a profound, expressive character kindred to the most distinctive whiskies created in Scotland’s past.

Dunphail’s malthouse features the first distillery-based malting floor newly constructed in Speyside since 1898. As well as fundamental to Dunphail’s whisky character, the facility was carefully designed and built to preserve this highly traditional craft and is operated using traditional malting tools.

Commenting on the news, Dariusz Plazewski, Master Distiller at Dunphail, said: “It has long been my calling to produce whisky that has been shaped by the richness of distilling heritage. At Dunphail we’re taking a extremely detailed approach to our whisky making – combining our knowledge and deep passion to ensure that everything we do is driven by the fundamentals of flavour and quality. Constructing the distillery over the last 18 months has been both a lifelong dream and one of the biggest challenges of my career. But that time and effort has been well worth it – our first batch of new make spirit is simply astonishing and unlike anything I’ve tasted to date. It is incredibly fat and fruity and already packed full of the personality derived from our traditional production processes. I’m looking forward to sharing it and working with my team to shape it into a truly extraordinary Speyside whisky over the years to come.”

The distillery’s visitor centre and shop opened earlier this year, offering daily tours and tastings of Dunphail’s Dava Way whiskies. Over time it is envisaged that the distillery’s tour programme will be expanded to include both deep-dive warehouse experiences as well as visitor blending sessions.

Posted by Steve Rush