The London distillery Bimber has principally impressed us with bourbon casks to this point (test our Bimber opinions to this point). It matches the innate fruitiness of the spirit and infrequently leads to a vivid, vibrant whisky. Immediately we’re attempting another cask varieties.
First up is a Bimber Oloroso bottled by Abbey Whisky. Then we now have a model completed in an Imperial Stout cask within the Whisky Sponge sequence. The final one is an official sherry cask unique to the Italian market and their importer Beija-Flor.
Bimber Oloroso (57,9%, OB for Abbey Whisky 2022, cask #125.1/9A, 178 btl.)
Nostril: a really jammy fashion of sherry with a contemporary oak affect. Which means lots of vanilla and toffee, in addition to milk chocolate. Additionally apricot jam, raisins and cherry sweet. There’s some gentle pepper and almonds. A quite dessert-like fashion.
Mouth: once more slightly wood-forward, with loads of peppery notes, mint and ginger. Beneath are muscovado sugar, raisins and hints of dates. Nonetheless slightly apricot and fruit stew, though lots of the fruitiness is overshadowed by the cask now. Later darker hints of chocolate sauce, liquorice and all-spice seem, with some assertive oak char ultimately.
End: fairly lengthy, nonetheless candy and spicy. It will get drier within the very finish, with hints of walnuts and peppercorns.
It is a barely enigmatic Bimber, having no distillation 12 months or age on the label and a low outturn – perhaps 1 / 4 cask? It actually feels slightly younger and pressure-cooked but it surely additionally exhibits a pleasant richness and fruity core. Particulars might be discovered on the Abbey Whisky web site however the bottles have been gone shortly.
Bimber 4 yo 2017 (57,3%, Whisky Sponge 2021, first fill barrel + Imperial Stout end, cask #184, 257 btl.)
Nostril: extra of the basic fruity affect right here. Lemons and tangerines with hints of honey and vanilla. Whiffs of bubblegum. Additionally hay and dusty barley notes. Additionally a darker musty facet with chocolate, that should be the Stout cask? Lemonade with chocolate, it really works.
Mouth: extra unusual now. There’s some banana cut up, liquorice, grapefruits and lemon peels. Then grassy notes and hints of grass. Inexperienced natural touches. Minty notes. A lightweight woody astringency is noticeable, however for such a unusual end it’s correctly weighted.
End: fairly lengthy, with extra of this natural bitterness and inexperienced edge. Tea leaves and a imprecise sweetness.
Once more not my favorite fashion of Bimber spirit, however for a Stout end it’s a lot better than I anticipated. Rating: 85/100
Bimber Sherry Cask ‘Italy Version’ (51,9%, OB for Beija-Flor 2020, cask #133, 59 btl.)
Nostril: a richer, extra intense fashion of sherry than the Abbey Whisky bottling. I’m getting plum jam and blackberries, in addition to baked apples and cinnamon. Rum & raisins. The fashionable oak affect is underneath management right here. Hints of leather-based and chocolate. Some ginger however general much less invasive spices.
Mouth: fairly indulgent, with brown sugar and pink berries, raisins and damson chutney. Hints of walnuts, treacle and leather-based. Very dense. Mint and pepper after some time, in addition to a natural and coppery word that I discover rather less spectacular. Barely tannic even.
End: lengthy, on dried fruits and herbs, with slightly oak char.
One other one with out an age assertion. That is comes near sure Kavalan expressions when it comes to sherry and wooden affect. Younger stuff once more however the richest, most advanced whisky on this session. Rating: 87/100