Way back in mid-July of 2022, Raj Sabharwal of Glass Revolution Imports hosted a Zoom tasting of four whiskies from London’s Bimber Distillery. One was called Apogee XII which was a blended malt made from Single Malt Scotch sourced from two Speyside distilleries, and three were whiskies made at Bimber’s London distillery. I was lucky enough to attend this tasting along with The West Coast Office (The WCO). Unfortunately, Limpd was unable to make it due to some family vacationing. Luckily, the fine folks at Glass Revolution were kind enough to send us an extra sample set so that Mike could give them a try via an extended research session at The Murder Table.
While The WCO and I enjoyed the Apogee XII, it was the three Bimber distilled whiskies that really shined, so that’s what we’ll focus on in our reviews. The first review will be Bimber’s Ex Bourbon Cask Batch #3 English Whisky. Here’s what Glass Revolution has to say about it:
LIMITED RELEASE OF 5000 BOTTLES @ 51.6% ABV
A vatting of carefully selected EX-BOURBON OAK CASKS. Bourbon barrels are constructed from Quercus Alba, or white oak, commonly known as American oak. This wood type complements the
underlying character of our accessible fruit-forward spirit, imparting sweet, rich vanilla and caramel flavors alongside perfectly balanced spice. Every cask has been specially selected and married together in our hand-made oak vat, before being bottled.”
And here are a few words about Bimber Distillery:
“Bimber Distillery was founded by whisky lovers, with a mission to produce high-quality single malt whisky with character, using traditional methods that are rarely seen today.
The journey begins at our single farm, where 100% of our barley is grown. It is then traditionally floor malted, hand-mashed and fermented slowly for seven days in our wooden washbacks that were hand-made at our own cooperage. We use direct fire to heat our small copper pot stills, and mature our spirit in hand-selected casks. Finally, our whisky is bottled onsite at our distillery.
Our hand-crafted approach to whisky production passionately combines traditional methods, expertise and an absolute commitment to quality.
Bimber’s first casks were laid down on the 26th May 2016 and we released our inaugural single malt whisky (The First) three years later in September of 2019 – the limited release of 1,000 hand numbered bottles sold out in 3 hours. Bimber will be releasing a wide range of new single malt whiskies – all with our trademark accessible, fruit forward character – all handcrafted with passion.
To find out what we thought of this yummy sounding dram, click play on the following video:
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