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Bimber Single Malt London Whisky

Overall rating
87.05/100
votes
22
Whiskybase ID
WB161061
Category
Single Malt
Distillery
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Selfridges
Bottled
06.2020
Casktype
4 Bourbon casks in a ex-Gonzales Oloroso Butt
Casknumber
544-7/67
Number of bottles
936
Strength
51.5 % Vol.
Size
700 ml
Barcode
5060444430981
Bottled for
Selfridges & Co
Added on
26 Jun 2020 7:14 pm by copinlondon
Cask StrengthSingle Cask Whisky

Average value

£ 447.05

20 × in wishlist

22 × member ratings

165 × in collection

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

  1. whisky313 did not rate this whisky Specialist

    recommended retail price including vat £79.99 (87 €uro / US$99 / 140 AUD$)

  2. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    This is a 3.5 year old ex-bourbon finished off in a 500L oloroso butt for four months.

  3. man2392 scored this whisky 84 points Expert Senior

    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

    With water
    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

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    https://whiskylovingpianist.wordpress.com/2020/12/18/letting-go-3-s-w-a-g-live/

    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.

  5. holborndrinker scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    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.
    • Nose
      82 82
      The DNA of a typical Bimber is slightly dampened by the sherry cask - the sherry notes detract rather than add.
    • Taste
      83 83
      Slightly strange - the fruity spirit is dulled somewhat but still pleasant. Some notes of aniseed.
    • Finish
      83 83
      Quite long.

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