Bimber begins building Scotch distilleryBy Alice Brooker
Spirits producer Bimber has commenced construction of its Scotch whisky distillery in Dunphail, Scotland.
The London-based Bimber team were given planning permission by Moray council to build the new facility in July this year.
Construction of the site – located on the Dunphail estate, south of Forres – is projected to take a year, and will be built on a converted farm steading.
“We’re thrilled to be starting the construction of Dunphail Distillery,” said Bimber spokesperson Matt McKay.
“We fundamentally believe that the most characterful whiskies in the world are created from the finest ingredients and are crafted using authentic traditional processes.
“At Dunphail, we’ll be applying our established expertise in developing world-class whiskies and employing the traditions of the past to shape the whisky of tomorrow.”
In order to prioritise character and flavour ahead of yield, traditional processes such as on-site floor maltings, traditional kilning, long fermentations and direct-fired stills will be adopted during the production.
Led by Bimber founder Dariusz Plazewski, the distillery is expected to produce 200,000 litres of alcohol annually. Distillation is projected to begin in 2022.
The new facility will also house a visitor centre. The Bimber team is also launching both the Dunphail Founders’ Club and an initial private cask offering to mark the beginning of the construction.
Club members will receive a bottle of the distillery’s inaugural single malt whisky, which is expected to be released in 2026, plus four exclusive bottlings.
Membership is priced at RRP £695 (US$917) per person, and includes a 10% discount on online purchases, notice of future releases and a welcome pack containing branded nosing glasses.
The private cask programme can be accessed through www.dunphaildistillery.com from 12pm GMT on 10 December with whiskies priced from RRP £3,800 to £6,400 (US$5,016-US$8,448).
Earlier this year, Bimber released a series of London Underground-themed whiskies in partnership with Transport for London.