Dunphail is a fledgling Speyside distillery from the team behind the highly acclaimed Bimber that champions provenance and traditional whisky-making practices.
Dunphail is located in the heart of Speyside, in the village of Tomnamoon, seven miles south of Forres on the Moray coastline. Distillery founder Dariusz Plazewski chose the location as he’s always has a fondness for Speyside single malts and believes the microclimate is perfect for whisky maturation. After searching for the perfect site for five years, Plazewski built the traditional distillery – complete with floor maltings, a pagoda and visitor centre – around existing farm buildings.Dunphail is his second distillery, the first being the highly acclaimed, London-based Bimber.
Dunphail is fiercely committed to provenance and high-quality raw ingredients.Most of the stone and timber used in the distillery build was locally sourced.A selection of casks are coopered from Scottish oak and 100% of the distillery’s barley is grown locally on the Altyre Estate. The Sassy spring barley variety will be milled and malted at the distillery.The high-fibre by-product of whisky-making, known as draff, will be used as animal feed on the Altyre Estate.The mineral-rich water source is also located on-site, in a borehole.
Whisky production is expected to start in late 2022. Dunphail will produce an unpeated and peated single malt whisky in their traditional, direct-fired copper pot stills. Fermentation times are considerably longer than the industry average, at approximately six to seven days, in Dunphail’s traditional, wooden, open washbacks. The heavily peated whisky (50 phenol parts per million) will be produced from Highland peat such as Aberdeenshire, which is intensely rich and earthy.
The single malt will predominantly be matured in a hogsheads (250-litre casks) with some re-fill Bourbon (200-litre) and a variety of wine casks.
The desired profile for Dunphail is a fruit-forward, oily, medium-bodied Speyside whisky.