Whisky production begins at Dunphail Distillery
Dunphail Distillery has opened its distillery and visitor centre in Morayshire, Scotland.
The distillery was created by spirits producer Bimber and took 18 months to complete, with the plans first announced in 2021.
The first cut of its newly distilled spirit took place on 6 October.
The site was converted from a farm steading and now has the capacity to produce 200,000 litres of spirit.
Dunphail Distillery is capable of on-site floor malting, traditional kilning, long fermentation and has a directly fired still, and will produce both unpeated and peated single malts.
It aims to produce ‘highly textural, fruit-forward’ whiskies that ‘offer a profound, expressive character kindred to the most distinctive whiskies created in Scotland’s past’.
Dunphail’s malthouse features the first newly constructed, distillery-based malting floor in Speyside since 1898.
Founder and master distiller Dariusz Plazewski 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 an 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 past 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 opened earlier this year, offering tours and tastings of Dunphail’s Dava Way whiskies.
Each bottle of Dava Way displays its maturation details, accompanied by artwork of the distillery where the whisky was produced. The collection is intended to be a ‘bridge to the rich landscape of Scotch whisky styles’ until Dunphail’s own single malt is ready.
The brand hopes the distillery will eventually offer warehouse experiences and visitor blending sessions.