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Bimber The First Release

Overall rating
87.72/100
votes
49
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Single Malt London Whisky
Vintage
2016
Bottled
2019
Stated Age
03 years old
Casktype
Pedro Ximénez Casks
Casknumber
6, 19, 31, 37, 38
Number of bottles
1000
Strength
54.2 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Added on
15 Aug 2019 3:15 pm by holborndrinker
UncoloredNon-chillfilteredCask Strength

Average value

€ 230,00

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49 × member ratings

106 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bimber The First Release

14 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.72 points

  1. wisekycourse scored this whisky 88 points Connoisseur

    3 sherries for a finish of only 3 years, with sweet spices, mushroom, some mold, bluffing and macerated fruits,
    Soaked grapes, cocoa, some coffee, some oak
    • Nose
      strong sweet coffee, currants, cocoa, mold, mushrooms a little wet, black fruits, orange and red macerated well, spices and remarkable wood ... for a 3 years and 7 days!
    • Taste
      spices, slightly disaggregated wood,
      cooked grapes, peaches, tangerines and apricots macerated and annealed on the corner of the fire, a little candied too, all reduced to a thick marmalade,
      a little mushroom again.
      the wood is very marked, chips also amplifying the fruity scents, wood as back to the pan!, the caramel is still there a little burnt, toasted, gingerbread as well buttered,
      a little leather, exactly leather saddle.
      pretty peppery spice with cloves
    • Finish
      quite long, strong, intense, very singular and pleasant !!
      one of my best drams of the WL19 youth version!

  2. lachaineduwhisky did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    Vegetal, evoking tea and anise. On the palate a sherry fruity version. Spicy and floral on the finish.

    Enthusiasm 3/5

    Whisky # 2143

  3. holborndrinker did not rate this whisky Connoisseur

    A marriage of whiskies that had previously been matured in first fill Pedro Ximenez sherry casks from 2016. The casks used were numbers #6, #19, #31, #37 and #38.

  4. Fazz7 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Whiskynotes
    Bimber – The First Release 2016 (54,2%, OB 2019, Pedro Ximénez casks #6, 19, 31, 37, 38, 1000 btl.)
    Nose: rich aromas of baked apples, dried apricots, blackcurrants and a slightly leathery quality. Hints of marmalade and berries. Hints of cocoa and coffee grit. Some buttery pastry notes as well. Some vegetal notes and mouldy mushrooms in the background, that must be the old solera wood. Mouth: brown bread, brown sugar, a herbal bitterness, plums and leathery notes again. Darker flavours of toffee and plenty of milk chocolate, but overall rather dry, no sticky PX. Oranges with clove. There’s something ‘old bottle’ about it as well (mushrooms again), hard to explain. Finish: quite long, with spices, tobacco and leathery notes.
    Well, this must be one of my favourite 3 year-olds, hands down. The spirit seems to be of high quality, the cask choice was good and uncommon. A very interesting inaugural release. You should have bought it at £ 120, now it’s sold out.
    Score: 87/100

  5. Fazz7 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Whiskynotes
    Bimber – The First Release 2016 (54,2%, OB 2019, Pedro Ximénez casks #6, 19, 31, 37, 38, 1000 btl.)
    Nose: rich aromas of baked apples, dried apricots, blackcurrants and a slightly leathery quality. Hints of marmalade and berries. Hints of cocoa and coffee grit. Some buttery pastry notes as well. Some vegetal notes and mouldy mushrooms in the background, that must be the old solera wood. Mouth: brown bread, brown sugar, a herbal bitterness, plums and leathery notes again. Darker flavours of toffee and plenty of milk chocolate, but overall rather dry, no sticky PX. Oranges with clove. There’s something ‘old bottle’ about it as well (mushrooms again), hard to explain. Finish: quite long, with spices, tobacco and leathery notes.
    Well, this must be one of my favourite 3 year-olds, hands down. The spirit seems to be of high quality, the cask choice was good and uncommon. A very interesting inaugural release. You should have bought it at £ 120, now it’s sold out.
    Score: 87/100

  6. DarrenHJA scored this whisky 89 points Expert Senior

    Fake ratings from green, blue and yellow shirts.

  7. M134481 scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Fruity, spicy, lots of honey and lots of sherry. Very sweet.
    • Taste
      87 87
      A spicy, fruity whisky with sherry and lots of honey.
    • Finish
      86 86
      A sherry pressed with fruit, herbs and honey.

  8. kanpai79 scored this whisky 88 points Specialist

    Wow, not bad for a first release. Try it with a few drops of water...totally different whisky...in a good way. Had the chance to try it in Paris at the whisky fair and had a talk with the makers...nice experience. One of my top ten „young drams“ at the fair. Tried another upcoming release too....stunning. Was an easy descission to buy the whole bottle and preorder the next one. Guys, you have a new fan....and Lisa liked it too..:-)
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      89 89
    • Finish
      87 87

  9. Fazz7 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Malt-review.com

    Bimber First Release – Mark’s Review

    Colour: tawny. Remarkably good colour for this age.

    On the nose: a sherry bomb, some might suggest, but it’s actually not as darkly rich: intense, yes, but lighter dried fruits such as apricots, sultanas, and then Seville orange marmalade. Mixed peel. Mince pies. Sour cherry and damsons; beeswax. Lots of sherry influence without a doubt, but there’s a real freshness, vibrancy about the spirit.

    In the mouth: a hugely, thick texture – there’s a well-made spirit. Massive. Beautifully cloying with heavy dried fruits and a rush if tiramisu. This. Is. Gorgeous. A smidge of bitter dark chocolate, not at all woody or prickly. Headier dried fruits than the nose: figs, raisins; blackcurrant. Hedgerow jam. Cinnamon. Just a hint of mushroom earthiness, sourdough. But I want to come back to this texture, which is one of the nicest feeling spirits I have ever put in my mouth, if not the most complex (only five casks). Warming tobacco on the finish.

    Mark’s Conclusions

    I had more than one sample of this sent to me. I’ll be honest, I drank one casually – as I feel that’s what most of you might do, rather than sitting at a keyboard having to think – and I was just bowled over. It was gorgeous; a gregarious, voluptuous companion for the evening. I had no intention of sending any of this to Jason – he prefers to wrap his lips around some dodgy old bourbon cask releases, or being a Daftmill local fanboy, and has no interest in flavoursome, active sherry cask maturation that has happened south of the border. This would be wasted on him. If I had a flaw it would be that, being an inaugural release they’ve clearly wanted to go out of the blocks with something potent; it would be very interesting to get a touch more of the spirit, to observe some DNA, to really find out who Bimber is. That, I suspect, comes with time.

    Anyway, despite that, one of the best whiskies of the year for me and it’s a whipper-snapper. Three. Years. Old. And one of the best things you’ll put in your mouth this year. See what paying attention to the production process does? Making good spirit – before it goes in casks? And then having, y’know: fresh wood and not tired old shit? I feel for £120 or thereabouts, this is good value – because it’s the inaugural release, and many distilleries would be quite happy to take the p*ss for their first whiskies. It’s reasonably priced, to my mind, no faffy auctions to make spurious press releases, no eye-wateringly bad behaviour that we saw up at the Lakes.

    Good lord. English whisky is looking triumphant right now.

    Score: 8/10 (almost 9)
    Adam’s Review

    Colour: Bright new penny.

    On the nose: Somewhere in darkest Derbyshire my editor will be sniffing this with peals of
    pleasure. Just a beautiful, rounded, intense sherry nose, backed up by ripe, fruity spirit. Let
    me count the layers of brown sugar, nutmeg, sultana, plum jam and leather.

    In the mouth: The most gorgeously textured palate of any English whisky yet. Flavours are a
    little more of distillate here – more tropical fruits, more strawberries – but slathered in rich,
    dark chocolate. Raisins and a smatter of dunnage in behind, then another wave of chocolate
    crashes over again. Alcohol is prominent, but not distractingly so.

    Adam’s Conclusions

    I’ve not tasted a better debut English whisky. In fact, I can’t remember tasting a better debut whisky from anywhere.

    Score: 8/10

  10. Fazz7 scored this whisky 87 points Member Senior

    Bimber 2016/2019 ‘The 1st Release’ (54.2%, OB, England, 1000 bottles, 2019)
    The very first official single malt whisky – and perhaps the only pre-Brexit one - from Bimber in London, fully matured in genuine ex-solera PX casks! So, no hastily seasoned woods this time, we expect this baby to not be too leafy/spicy, let’s see. Oh and I remember having tried their new make under the Artful Dodger label, it was excellent (WF 86). Colour: deep gold. Nose: you really feel the PX, but that’s pure PX, rich, rounded, marginally rancioty, rather on dried apricots and sultanas, as well as the best muscats such as Carole Bouquet’s on Pantelleria, Sicily. In the background, just wee touches of menthol that would further lift it a bit, and make it fresher. Hints of Unicum as well. Do you know Unicum? With water: gingerbread and pumpernickel, double-whammy. Mouth (neat): works. We’re in the same category as that of the best craft makers, with notes of spicy bread that would suggest small casks – which is not the case here, obviously. How did they achieve this kind of profile with old solera butts? That’s a mystery, but anyway, this is all good, spicier (no slightly cloying muscaty flavours here), rather on Christmas cakes, Stolle, cinnamon rolls, then toffee and millionaire shortbread. With water: it swims and it does not become leathery – which is the case with many PX finishes. Lovely notes of oranges, cloves, and caraway liqueur, or Kümmel. Finish: pretty long, surprisingly balanced, with just the right amount of spices. More pepper in the aftertaste, even chillies. Should go well after Mexican food. Comments: naturally, something closer to the raw distillate would have been welcome as well, but this reeks of quality and smartness. And it survived PX! I like it really a lot (plus, they did not try to do the ‘Islay finish incognito’ trick.)
    SGP:551 - 87 points.

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