Bimber 'The Spirit of the Underground' Tasting with Scott Farrow of Wonderland Drinks
Many of you might have heard of Bimber Distillery before. But for those who haven't, Bimber is a distillery in London that was established in 2015, and it already has a cult following! Bimber is brought into Australia by Scott Farrow of Wonderland Drinks, who will be presenting this tasting to us.
Bimber Distillery was established in 2015 by founder and master distiller Darius Plazewski in West London. He is a third generation distiller, hailing from Poland. The name "Bimber" means moonshine in Polish. He learned his craft from his grandfather and father, and believes in distilling using human senses - of sight, touch and smell. Darius initially went to the UK to focus on studying and learning how to do business. But he always wanted to eventually follow his passion and start a distillery. In 2015 he did just that.
Bimber practices very traditional whisky-making techniques. The journey begins at a single farm, where all their barley is grown. The barley is then traditionally floor malted. Next, it is traditionally milled (using a specifically-built mill) that crushes the barley open rather than shredding it, to reduce the amount of flour produced. With less flour, you get a clearer wort, which results in a lighter whisky. Darius runs fermentation for seven days (which is a very long ferment) which gives lots of esters, making the whisky fruity and light. Fermentation is done in American oak wooden washbacks that were hand-made at their own cooperage. They use direct fire to heat their two small Holga copper pot stills. The distilled spirit is then matured in hand selected casks, and finally bottled on site as well. The first casks were laid down on the 26th of March 2016, and their inaugural single malt whisky (The First) was released three years later in September 2019. Every step of their whisky making process has been carefully though out and designed to create a whisky that is full-bodied, fruity and flavourful.
In this tasting, we will be tasting 5 bottlings from the highly collectible "The Spirit of the Underground' series. This was a collaboration between Bimber and Transport for London, and features a different station on the London Underground, on each label; with each station represented by a different single cask of Bimber whisky. On top of that, we will also be tasting the very first release of Peated Bimber! This will be a fun and tasty tasting, so don't miss out and join us to learn more about this fantastic distillery.
On tasting is 6 x 15ml of:
Bimber Apogee Highball on Arrival
"Tower Hill" Palo Cortado Sherry Cask Ref 302/13 348 Btls, 58.7%
"Canary Wharf" Marsala Cask Ref 298/9 320 Btls, 58.1%
"Camden Town" Amontillado Cask Ref 288/23 351 Btls, 58.5%
"Notting Hill Gate" Moscatel Cask Ref 285/21 342 Btls, 59%
"Paddington" PX Sherry Cask Ref 20 314 Btls, 58.9%
Bimber The 1st Peated Release, 1140 Btls, 54.1%
When: Wednesday, 10th of January 2024
Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Where: The Elysian Whisky Bar
Price: $70pp. (for 6 x 15ml samples)
Limited seating available so book now and don't miss out!