An interesting fact to start with: Their founders are from Poland – and have a family history of moon-shining. Moonshine in Polish = Bimber!
At Bimber Distillery their mission is to produce a world-class single malt whisky, handcrafted with passion in West London. They combine generations of rich distilling heritage, with the finest quality ingredients to create the ultimate craft whisky experience and help drive forward the emerging English whisky category.
Bimber use two-row spring barley to produce their single malt whisky; Concerto and Laureate, grown in a single farm nearby in Hampshire.They have partnered with the UK’s oldest maltster, Warminster Maltings, who have dedicated an entire malting floor to @ The resulting malted barley is a unique product and produced to their unique specification.
Bimber uses two small customized copper pot stills; Doris and Astraeus, which have an increased copper surface area, resulting in a light and fruity, but layered new make spirit. Bimber distillery sources its American Oak and Sherry casks from the USA and Europe, and has its own onsite cooperage team who check all casks and repair and re-char the casks when required.
The Tastingnotes in the howtheywereorganizedinthebox order:
Bimber New Make Spirit – 60% / Batch 145
- Color: See through
- Nose: Pepper, creamy complexity, raw milk, hints of freshness and a flowerbed in the garden with a lawn that is wet, lemon, cinnamon and sugarcane’s
- Taste: Warm, loads of red fruit, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries …. next to the sweetness a bitterness is present too. That came as a surprise.
- Finish: Sticky, hot and pleasant
New Make Spirit is the core raw essence of what will eventually be whisky, once it’s been aged in oak casks for a minimum of 3 years.
Bimber Peated New Make Spirit – 60.1 % / Batch 140
- Color: No color
- Nose: A neutral effect on the nose, getting almonds, a wee bit of salt, sea shells, wet wood, Christmas trees in the woods, hints of peat, mint, basil and fresh lime! And anyone get a bit of smokiness?
- Taste: Peach, smokiness, the taste of Dutch weed .. for as I can remember (sorry). Grassy influences, ginger, banana, fresh lime, hints of marzipan, creamy touch, hints of a milky way and sherry influences, still
- Finish: Sweet, smooth and sticky
Bimber Re-Charred Cask 3 yr – 51.9% / Batch 001
- Color: Lovely gold
- Nose: Sultanas, very fruity, peaches, citrus, floral influences, a slap of red pepper, lime honey, some bitterness, toffee, salty chocolate bars, coffee beans, sage a complexity of a bag of tobacco leafs and fresh vanilla.
- Taste: Vanilla, dried herbs, peach, prunes, sage, caramel chocolate, burned wood, elder flower, honey, a touch of citrus, red pepper, a combination of fresh, bitterness and a mystery of pomelo.
- Finish: Well balanced
Bimber Ex-Sherry Cask 3 yr – 51,9% / Batch 001
- Color: Sweet gold
- Nose: Soft with a small hint of black pepper with a salty mix, walnuts. Very fruity and surprising … a sweet welcome for the nose. Also a mix of sweet nuts and sultana’s covered with white and milk chocolate
- Taste: red fruit influences … strawberries, raspberries, cherries but also honey, sweet, mandarin, custard pudding, white chocolate (kitkats), toffee, dark coffee cookies, with plums and Werther’s Original
- Finish: Warm and very fruity
Bimber Ex-Bourbon Cask 3 yr – 51,2% / Batch 001
- Color: Loving gold
- Nose:Vanilla, raisins, dried papaya, exotic influences, coconut sugar, cherries with caramel, peach, soaked pears in lavender oil.
- Taste: Warm, sticky, loads of freshness, red apples, papaya covered with custard, creamy, honey, cherry, coconut, grapes too, so much to discover for there is peach, pear, a huge fruit bowl if you will.
- Finish: Dry, but pleasant
Bimber Virgin American Oak Cask 3 yr – 53.1% / Batch 001
- Color: Sweet gold
- Nose: Bitter, but sweet also. Very complex on the first sniff … cinnamon, lemon, creamy, green apple, smashed lemon covered with a wee bit of salt, banana’s mango, antique wax, Mars bars
- Taste: Rice pudding, bitterness with a hint of red peppers, cinnamon, apple juice, mandarin, banana, Turkish delights, vanilla, high level of cherries.
- Finish: Warm, fresh and lingering
Bimber Master Distiller Darius Plazewski, believes that blending is an underappreciated stage in the whisky making process. He personally monitors the progress of each cask, nosing and tasting regularly to find the optimum moment to bottle their whisky.
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