Whisky Focus - Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks #68 #143 and #144

Bimber Re-charred Oak Casks #68 #143 and #144

8th December 2020
Bimebr distillery releases a trio of Re-charred Oak Cask, single cask, single malt whiskies.

London’s Bimber Distillery has announced the upcoming release of a trio of single cask single malt whiskies drawn from the distillery’s remaining stock of re-charred oak casks.

Three casks from Bimber’s small inventory of hand-charred casks were reserved during the creation of the distillery’s popular maiden Small Batch release in October 2019. Following an additional year of maturation, these casks are now being made available as cask strength, single cask expressions.

The three Bimber Re-charred Oak Cask – Single Cask releases are:

  • Bimber Re-charred Oak Cask No. 68
    58.1% ABV. 295 Bottles
    RRP £85
  • Bimber Re-charred Oak Cask No. 143
    58.4% ABV. 299 Bottles
    RRP £85
  • Bimber Re-charred Oak Cask No. 144
    57.9% ABV. 303 Bottles
    RRP £85

The three new releases will be available to purchase directly from Bimber’s website from Thursday 10th December. They are limited to one bottle per person and priced at £85.

The casks were hand charred by Bimber’s on-site coopers to level #4 char – also known as ‘alligator char’. This deep charring process caramelises the wood sugars, promotes greater interaction between the spirit and the oak and adds a layer of filtering carbon to the internal surfaces of the barrel.

The influence of this intense char has imparted incredible richness and distinctively sweet notes into these single malt whiskies. All of which perfectly marry with Bimber’s fruit-forward, spice-led house style.

Speaking of the upcoming release, Bimber spokesperson Matt McKay said: "We’re delighted to end what has been a tremendous year for Bimber with these very special single cask whiskies. The Small Batch edition of our Re-charred Oak Casks released last Autumn was a first taste of our single malt for many whisky lovers. Over the months since, we’ve received many requests to produce more of this popular expression – and so we’re now truly excited to unveil these three single cask editions."

He added: "It has been a challenging year for everyone involved in the industry and so we’re eternally grateful for all the support that the whisky community has shown us. We’re very eager to see how the growing cohort of Bimber fans react to these final releases of 2020."

You will also find Bimber single malt whisky as well as its gin, vodka and rum offerings available from specialist online whisky retailers such as The Whisky Exchange and Master of Malt

Bimber Re-charred Oak Cask No. 144 Review

Bottled at 57.9% ABV. 303 bottles.

Producer's Tasting Notes:

Nose: Flambe orange peels, bruised apples and pineapple juices mingle with split vanilla pods and singed honeycomb. Cracked black pepper and oak smoke are tempered by rich toffee and creamy nougat.

Taste: Jammy hedgerow berries, red apples and banana peels are combined with burnt toffee and butterscotch sauce. Prominent, characterful nutmeg and pepper wood spice runs through delivering both impact and a lively freshness.

Finish: Sustained char and spice balances perfectly against lingering fruitiness and unctuous vanilla.

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