Bimber recently announced the first set of Distillery exclusive bottlings, four expressions were offered to those who visited the distillery and unfortunately sold out rather fast.. A virgin Oak, Sherry and a New make bottling..
Distillery only bottlings certainly have a place in the market and make for a great memory of a visit to a distillery, it does however also rattle those who cant actually get to the distillery in time and can make for a increase in price through flipping scenario. That’s just a way of life these days, people visiting distilleries, buying very limited bottlings and selling on for a quick profit, is this wrong ? Nope, but its also not looked upon in favourable glances, unless of course you are the one who is happy to fuel this secondary market.
For me personally, although I don’t look upon this favourably I also cant give a good enough reason to banish it.. It drives the market, the companies raise the prices, those who don’t have a big enough budget loose out, its dog eat dog but unfortunately there is nothing we can do about it other than move on.. There will be another bottle, there will be other chances, its not worth loosing sleep over.
Anyway these distillery exclusives might be young single malts but they sold out rather fast and I certainly didn’t think I would actually get the chance to try them, then out of the blue I received a package, opened it up and 3 samples were retrieved from said parcel.. The distillery exclusives, my chance to try, review and le you know what you and I are missing out upon..
Sherry Cask No 34 – Bimber distillery Exclusive
Region.. London UK
Nose.. Chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.. This is just an explosion of chocolate with added dried fruits, liquorice laces, plum jam, Turkish delight and just a little Manuka honey..
Palate.. A mahoosive onslaught of dried fruits, dark chocolate, old leather, dried tobacco leaf, dusty bookshelves, sticky toffee pudding with gooey toffee sauce, spices, tannins.. need I go on ?
Finish.. Deliciously long
Thoughts.. How can this be sooooo good at such a tender age ? its incredible ! The flavours and aromas are so mature that you have to keep looking at the label to see if you misread it. With every sip you have to question everything you think you know about young whisky, there is no youthful notes, there are no hints of immaturity, there is no way you would pick this out in a blind tasting as something that is basically a toddler within the whisky world..
You don’t need no PR malarkey, no bullshit sales pitch, this whisky will sell on merit.. Bimber is a distillery on a mission, its mission is quality.. Don’t bother worrying which field the barley was grown, don’t worry about what the cask was, don’t even bother looking at the price, just get down to the distillery and hand over your money..
This whisky is speaking for itself !!!
Samples and picture courtesy of Bimber.