Bimber 2016 - Re-charred Oak Casks

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Small Batch
Re-charred Oak Casks - Char Level #4
Batch 01/2019
Number of bottles
51.9 % Vol.
700 ml
Added on
18 Oct 2019 6:01 pm by holborndrinker

Average value

€ 133.33

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179 × member ratings

502 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Bimber 2016 - Re-charred Oak Casks

35 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.39 points

  1. thijs100 scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    A proper second album from Bimber Distillery that's not all about the cask.
    • Nose
      86 86
      An initial sweet, tinned pineapple note with vanilla custard, candy hearts and a whisper of mocha tart and cinnamon. It has a buttery quality to it, but also nice notes of red apples and pear skin.
    • Taste
      86 86
      The palate's signature is much more oak-y than the nose suggests, which does a good job at 'hiding' the high char level, although it never completely goes over the edge. Love the oiliness of the spirit. The pineapple makes an encore and is accompanied by fudge, caramel and even a hint of lime juice, but there's also lots of cloves and a touch of pepper and ginger, skewing the balance somewhat.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Lingering spices with a hint of thyme and mint, somewhat cough syrup-y. Pretty dry.

  2. whiskyleaksulm scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      89 89
      Intense and full nose, chocolate, sweetness, with a lot of caramel and dark notes. I get little direct alcohol even though the malt is over 50% vol.alk. Has. The scent is beautiful in the glass. I get more and more pickled fruits, some polish and lots of citrus notes. Here and there a little more menthol and more and more spice.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Significantly more storm on the palate than the nose promised, intense citrus notes, sweetness take over the entire mouth. It tickles the tongue a little. Significantly fresher and untamed then again wood, seasoning and some pepper. A little thin and then more intense ... light fruit and acidity. The darker notes only come back gradually when the palate has got used to it.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Not as intense as expected, but fine.

  3. erwinnlim scored this whisky 83 points Expert Senior

    Good quality dram for 3 years of age. However, price is definitely too high for what it is. Value (£65) : 4/10
    • Nose
      The fruity spirit definitely shines here. Some stone fruits, ripe mangoes and loads of melons. Then the charred oak leaves notes of dark chocolate, mocha and cinnamon. Vanilla custard with caramel on top. A touch of orange and very floral. Quite perfumed then a touch of white pepper warmth.
    • Taste
      Creamy mouthfeel. Honeyed. The charred oak influence is dominant here with some burnt sugar, oak tannins and drying ginger spice. More mango and melon notes. Some bitter orange peels. Cinnamon and more white pepper. Almond extract and milk chocolate.
    • Finish
      More mocha notes here. Quite a lot of drying tannins from the oak. More of that white pepper spice.

  4. wisekycourse scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    herbaceous, spicy, but also fresh on the palate, a little pastry with vanilla and tart apple
    on the palate, sweet sensation, herbaceous, mentholated, still cereals and fruits in return (compote a little overcooked by the fire!), a little sweet, a little brandy, a little caramelized, the fruit draws on the candied pineapple, dark chocolate too.
    the finish on sweet sherry, woody, spicy, vegetal again and this freshness that stays on the herbs.

  5. holborndrinker scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    For a toddler of 3 years this is a decent dram - easy to drink until it suddenly hits you - the floor that is as you'll be as pissed as a pudding.

    Well worth a try.
    • Nose
      85 85
      Quite light on the nose, fruits (perhaps citrus), some wood.
    • Taste
      85 85
      A pleasant sweetness such as the syrup from tinned pineapple, but with a touch of gentle spice.
    • Finish
      86 86
      Surprisingly gentle, it lingers like love's first kiss.

  6. UnmarkedDoor scored this whisky 78 points Member Junior

    Tasty. Starts and ends with orange liqueur.  Not super-complex, but satisfying and very drinkable.

    I don't remember where I got this bottle, but I've had it for at least a year and it's a 3rd gone.

    I looked it up online to refresh my memory and found out it is now one of the most expensive whiskies I've ever owned.

    Not **exactly** sure why.

    Granted, for its age, it *is* very, very good.  The oak is never overbearing, but it is present and threatens to add bitterness that never quite materialises. The finish is nice and lasting, but on the whole, uncomplicated.

    In the 3 years it has been in the cask, it's unarguably picked up quite a distinct personality between the fruit and the mouthfeel.

    Not a £130+ personality, mind you.

    IMO £130+ for a 3 year old whisky is ridiculous.

    Would i drink it again, if offered?

    Fo Sho. I'd have that away in a second.

    Would I pay the going rate instead of getting something else?


    As a fellow Londoner, I wish Bimber well,  I think they are well on their way, but I do think there's a real danger of them becoming over-hyped.

    I look forward to their future offerings, if I can afford them.
    • Nose
      80 80
      Cointreau. Honey and butter on still-warm, malted bread.

      Toasted brown sugar notes, like the crispy bits on an unevenly cooked, but still tasty pineapple upside-down cake.
    • Taste
      78 78
      Stewed tropical fruit and Caramel. Marmalade.  Astringent tea tree from the oak is ultimately beaten out by sweet fruit and buttery/resin.
    • Finish
      75 75
      Some quickly passing effervescent pepper which fades to more familiar woodspice over time.  Cointreau. Again.

  7. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 82 points Connoisseur


    C: This is a release the Bimber Brigade seems to rave about more than all the others [so far]. Being so ‘hell for leather’ cask-driven, it’s a bit disappointing straight after the fabulous new make, but these are still just early days for the London-based distillery, and indeed, for many of its fans. Bimber offers exciting new developments in the current climate, but I won’t be wearing their scarf just yet.

  8. ThorstenH scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      87 87
      Sticky fruit sweetness
    • Taste
      87 87
      Sharper, but becomes creamy after a while
    • Finish
      85 85
      Medium length, the fruity remains

  9. WillWhisky scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

  10. robbert88 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior


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