Bimber is an formidable craft distillery that’s pretty new to the UK whisky scene. Their founder, Dariusz Plazewski, established the distillery in an industrial nook of West London in 2015 and named it for the Polish phrase for moonshine. Bimber’s single malts are true grain-to-glass choices, counting on conventional floor-malted, hand-mashed barley sourced from a single native farm and distilled on small copper pot stills. They even cooper their very own barrels. Whereas Bimber is at the moment a small-scale operation, Plazewski has plans to double their London-based manufacturing within the close to future and even perhaps add a completely separate distillery web site in Scotland.
At current, the distillery doesn’t supply a core vary of merchandise regardless of being distributed in nearly 30 international locations. Their first small launch in 2019 has been adopted by a gradual stream of single casks and some small batch releases. In late 2021, the distillery launched Apogee XII Pure Malt Whisky, a sourced blended malt completed in ex-Bimber casks. It’s the one year-round providing thus far from Bimber, which has plans to ultimately deliver manufacturing totally in-house as soon as they scale up. We obtained a pleasant sampling of three completely different expressions from the present portfolio for evaluate. Ideas observe.
Bimber Distilery Apogee XII Pure Malt Whisky – A mix of choose malt whiskies aged a minimum of 12 years and sourced from the Speyside and Highlands area of Scotland earlier than being enhanced by extra maturation in ex-Bimber single malt casks. The nostril is wealthy and toasty with malt sugars, candy biscuits, orange blossom honey, and a little bit of inexperienced orchard fruit. The palate is viscous and candy with notes of stewed apple, pear cake, and delicate baking spice. A little bit of white pepper and barrel char arrive on the end, providing distinction to all that sugary fruit and resolving right into a lingering, mildly spiced end of mint and peach candies. 92.6 proof. A- / $90
Bimber Distillery Ex-Bourbon Oak Cask Batch No. 3 – A mix of house-distilled Bimber single malts aged in ex-bourbon casks and bottled at cask power. The nostril is elegant and fruity with notes of ripe peach, apple juice, and Christmas cake. The malts are honeyed and delicate with a barely buttery edge. On the palate, this whisky is lush and full of taste. Brilliant, candy notes of peach tart and apple pie are a bit outsized at first however flip to subtler, pulpy citrus and dried apricot on the mid-palate. Cinnamon toast, nutmeg, and inexperienced tea arrive on the beneficiant end and linger. A sweeter single malt to make certain, however nonetheless very properly carried out. 103.2 proof. A / $120 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]
Bimber Distillery USA Version Oloroso End Single Cask – Chosen for the U.S. market by Glass Revolution Imports and completed for an unspecified period of time in what the again label refers to as an “excellent single oloroso sherry cask.” The aroma is wealthy with fruit cobbler and almond paste. Regardless of the ending, the orchard and stone fruit notes within the underlying single malt handle to point out off, turning into largely peach candies and black cherry as issues open up. The palate is honeyed and a contact spicy at cask power with notes of dried berries, candied orange peel, and sugared almonds. The mid-palate sees that delicate preliminary spice construct right into a warming end of candied ginger, orange marmalade, and cherry cola. 116.4 proof. A- / $140 [BUY IT NOW FROM DRIZLY]