2019 has been a year of firsts for Bimber – our first peated spirit run, our first casks reaching three years of maturity, and perhaps the most significant first of them all….the release of our first single malt whisky!
We’re incredibly proud to announce and reveal our inaugural release – Bimber ‘The First’ which will be available from 13th September.
The First is composed of a selection of our finest Pedro Ximenez casks filled in 2016 (our first year of production), that have been carefully selected by our Founder and Master Distiller Darius Plazewski. Darius hand-picked these specific casks because of their exceptional characteristics – they’re elegant and layered, but still totally reflective of Bimber’s light, accessible and fruit-forward style. And remember, Bimber doesn’t use industry standard seasoned wood – all our sherry casks were used for several decades in Jerez soleras.
Only 1000 bottles of our historic London whisky have been produced. Each is bottled at 54.2% ABV and presented in an individually numbered, hand-crafted, oak box created by our on-site coopers.
The highly anticipated bottling will be available on the 13th September for £120 from The Whisky Exchange and directly from our distillery in West London to anyone booking a Whisky Connoisseur Experience (from the 14th September and only whilst stocks last - so you best get your skates on!).
We’re looking forward to raising a glass in thanks for your support over our first three years, and in celebration of Bimber’s bright future.
The First - Tasting Notes
NOSE: Pronounced, fresh and expressive. Stewed apples are joined by ripe red berries, charred mandarin segments and plump raisins. Natural sweetness from soft toffee merges with crumbly shortbread and crushed walnuts, whilst nutmeg and clove spices provide a balanced intensity.
PALATE: Full-bodied with a viscous mouthfeel. Flame-scorched orange peels and jammy berry fruits are enriched with sultanas and sponge cake. Creamy vanilla toffee is enlivened by ginger and pepper spicing, whilst dark chocolate and leather offer further delectable depths.
FINISH: Lingering pepper and nutmeg spices are sweetened with demerara sugar and bolstered by a touch of charred oak.
The First - #WeAreBimber Competition
We would love as many people as possible to try our first release, and are therefore encouraging you to open and enjoy your bottles. Owners of The First, who share a photo or video of their numbered release with the cork clearly removed, will be entered into a draw to win a one-of-a-kind ‘Director’s Single Cask Tasting’ with Darius at the distillery.
There will be 10 pairs of tickets available for this tasting, which will also include the first opportunity to sample Bimber’s second bottling – a recharred American oak whisky due for general release in October 2019, which will retail at £65.
All social media posts made during September 2019 (on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) which clearly show both the bottle number and the cork removed will be entered into a draw to win one of twenty places (10 winners are able to bring a plus 1) at an private ‘Director’s Single Cask’ Tasting event at Bimber Distillery
All entries must include the hashtag #WeAreBimber
Only one entry per person
All entrants must be 18 or older
The competition ends on September 31st – winners will be contacted after this date
The exact date of the Directors Single Cask Tasting is TBC and will be arranged with the winners. Winners must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements