- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- 4 Bourbon casks in a ex-Gonzales Oloroso Butt
- Number of bottles
- 51.5 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottled for
- Selfridges & Co
- Added on
- 26 Jun 2020 7:14 pm by copinlondon
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Whisky Reviews for Bimber Single Malt London Whisky
5 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.05 points
- recommended retail price including vat £79.99 (87 €uro / US$99 / 140 AUD$)
- This is a 3.5 year old ex-bourbon finished off in a 500L oloroso butt for four months.
- Nose: espresso machiatto, oak furniture, tarred rape, liquorice, menthol, fisherman's friend, chicory and streusel
Palate: ancho chilli and dark chocolate. very oily
Finish: apothecary cough syrup, chopped nuts, tails, very fruity- plums and damsons
Nose: mint and wet icing sugar, victoria plum conserve
Palate: hot and earthy
Finish: fruitier than before
Tasted as part of The Dusties Bimber tasting with Matt McKay
Aside from the marketing/communication fiasco and the fact that I’m £30 lighter with nothing to show [Selfridges, you can ‘do one’], the bigger news is these bottles – at time of writing – are fetching up to £1000 at auction. That’s the same money as Brora 11th release [if you look hard enough and are patient].
N: Despite the surprisingly ‘proper’ old-skool sherry vibes, the likeness to cask #42 is strikingly similar, albeit with a plastic-y burnt note.
T: Displaying formidable strength on arrival and more old skool sherry vibes, the bubblegum is back. Again, with such a neutral [exposed] spirit, was the new make ever going to supersede such a characterful cask with a well-trodden path?
F: There’s that plastic-y note again and very fruity layered tannins. This all speaks of that fabulous cask but where’s the barley spirit to back things up?
C: Bimber spirit is crying out for a good caring cask. Problem is, if the cask isn’t sympathetic enough [active/virgin/first-fill for example,..] what can result is cask activity that compromises balance and provides an environment where the distillate can’t evolve.
I shall re-review this with a bigger 10cl sample another time. Until then: [Provisionally] scores 83 points, for a great cask.
- I have tried the sherry which is very dry and not that pleasant - it detracts from the spirit. It's pleasant, but there are much better Bimbers out there.
The DNA of a typical Bimber is slightly dampened by the sherry cask - the sherry notes detract rather than add.
Slightly strange - the fruity spirit is dulled somewhat but still pleasant. Some notes of aniseed.