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Bimber Distillery England

Bimber Ex-Bourbon Oak Cask Batch No. 1

Review of the limited edition Bimber in ex-Bourbon.

Origin: England
Type: London Single Malt Whisky
Gradation: 51.8%ABV
Ageing barrels: Ex-Bourbon
Chillfiltered: No
Added coloring: No
Owner: The Bimber Distillery Company Limited
Average price: € 80.00
Official website: www.bimberdistillery.co.uk
Vote: 85/100

On the official day of its release, as fast as the light, here are my thoughts on this latest expression from the English distillery.
This rapidity is due to an online tasting of which this small batch was a part, a tasting where I was able not only to admire the distillery’s premises on video, but also to get to know various “behind the scenes” of this very young London producer with very clear ideas.
One of the appreciable aspects of Bimber is their total openness towards enthusiasts (at that tasting they tried a whisky that was maturing in ex-Port, a tasting in progress that very few allow if not on site), summed up very well in their Bimber Klub which for a modest sum (£40.00) promises (and keeps) a series of truly remarkable advantages.

It’s a distillery that truly deserves the attention and interest of enthusiasts, who are often too focused on the “Scottish classics” and not very open to the very valid alternatives offered by the rest of the world.
But let’s come to this expression, a small batch (the first) aged for three and a half years, bottled in May 2020 producing 1,948 bottles.

Light gold in the glass.
Cereal and vanilla ascend the nostrils, with a distinct impression of ripe banana, green apple, caramel and a drop of honey. Dehydrated coconut. Touch of nutmeg. Very fresh (and young) with a soft and not cloying sweetness.
Warm and spicy on the palate, with a sprinkle of pepper on the fruit (again banana but also dried apricot), lying on an apple tart with vanilla cream. An impression of burnt wood in the background (but it could be the tart that was toasted at the edges, who knows).
Medium-long finish of vanilla, fruit, pepper and wood.

A true manifesto of the distillery, a dram that is, if you like, simple but with an already well-defined balance, without smears, which for such a young whisky is anything but simple.
There is still room for evolution, and we will be here to follow it closely.

Other bottlings in the blog:
Bimber Ex-Bourbon Single Cask #12
Bimber Re-Charred Oak Casks 2019
Bimber vertical

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