Bimber Sherry cask #42, 58.1%.

BIMBER #42

This bottle was tasted during a zoom tasting with Bimber distillery put on by The Heart Of England Whisky Alliance.

Appearance – This whisky is a deep chestnut in colour, it’s very viscous on the glass, the swirl line is a ring of large globules, dropping slow thick legs.

Nose – Straight away I get cocktail cherries, there’s a whiff of menthol, some dustiness and fruit cocktail syrup. Slowly it develops with notes of furniture polish, shoe polish, and dark fruits, and they are quite sweet rather than bitter.

Palate – First off, it’s big, bold and spicy, with a lovely mouthfeel, and there’s lots red berries and dark fruits, raspberries, cranberries, redcurrants, figs, cloves, black cherries, sultanas, along with ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, chilli’s, dark chocolate and a nice balance with oak. All the way through the red fruits persist, and thankfully for me there is no sulphur, hooray.

Finish – The finish is quite long, warming and spicy, there’s a touch of sweet sugar coated lemon slice among the flavours from the palate, and a touch of salt right at eh very end with black coffee.

My thoughts – There has been a lot of hype about Bimber whiskies, the bottles sell in no time, and with tasting this particular bottling (among others) I can see why, the attention to detail and continued drive to produce high quality spirits is admirable, they should be bought and opened by whisky enthusiasts, it personally upsets me to see them being flipped for high prices at the first whisky auctions after their release.

Would I buy a bottle? – I would personally definitely buy a bottle (at it’s original price), I think this is around 4 years old, and it has so much flavour, I can’t fault this bottling in any way to be honest.

This whiskey is presented in its natural colour, non chill filtered and at cask strength.

Thanks to – The Heart Of England Whisky Alliance and Bimber distillery.

Picture credit – The Whisky Shop.

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