The site is being converted from an existing farmstead. Dunphail will adopt time-honoured production methods such as on-site floor maltings, traditional kilning, long fermentations and direct-fired stills. The distillery says it aims to put character and flavour ahead of yield in order to craft spirits that possess the “essence and distinctiveness of whisky the way it used to be made” – the distillery's capacity will be just 200,000 lpa per annum.
“We’re thrilled to be starting the construction of Dunphail Distillery,” said 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.”
To mark the commencement of the construction of the distillery, Dunphail has launched its Founders’ Club. Members will receive a bottle of the distillery’s inaugural single malt whisky (expected in 2026) plus four exclusive releases including the first peated whisky produced at the distillery, two member-only Gonzalez Byass single sherry casks, and a specially commissioned ‘commemorative’ release from Bimber Distillery in London (who are building Dunphail Distillery).
Founders’ Club membership is priced at £695 and includes additional benefits such as a 10% discount on online purchases, notice of future releases and a welcome pack containing branded nosing glasses.
Alongside the Founders’ Club, the distillery’s inaugural private cask programme has launched, offering the opportunity for families, friends and enthusiasts to lay down their own stock of Dunphail single malt and enjoy its development to maturity. 200-litre ex-bourbon barrels, 125-litre Pedro Ximénez casks and 125-litre oloroso casks are offered in both unpeated and peated styles, with prices ranging from £3,800 to £6,400.