Pernod Ricard Group
10 million litres
Not generally accessible
Built on the site of the former Imperial Distillery which had sat mothballed since 1998 and was finally demolished in 2012, Dalmunach Distillery is named after the nearby pool in the River Spey on whose banks the distillery sits. Costing £25 million to build, Dalmunach opened in June 2015.
Dalmunach is capable of producing up to 10 million litres per year of Speyside style spirit for use in Pernod Ricard’s blended whisky brands, including Chivas Regal, Ballantine’s and Royal Salute.
Dalmunach's architectural design was inspired by the shape of a sheaf of barley reflecting the core ingredient of single malt whisky. It houses eight unique copper pot stills, four tulip-shaped wash stills and four onion-shaped spirit stills. Built by Forsyths of Rothes, the stills replicate those of the former Imperial distillery which occupied the site from 1897 until 2012. In a departure from tradition, the stills are positioned in a circular layout.
Red brick from the original mill building was reclaimed to build a feature wall in the new entrance area, and wood from the original Imperial washbacks was used to form an entrance ‘drum’ and adorn the gable walls of the new tun room housing 16 new stainless steel washbacks. A 9.5m diameter mashtun, built by Briggs of Burton Plc, draws spring water for production from the site’s original water sources. Dalmunach also features a unique hexagonal spirit safe housing four safes with a waterfall feature.
The Dalmunach Distillery is not open to visitors but is visible from the nearby Speyside Way walking trail.