We visited the distillery on the back of Rumfest and as we were impressed with the flavour profile of the Rum and enthusiasm of Luke who was representing the brand at the show. It is also good to see where spirits come from and learn a little bit more about their history.
On arrival we were served a refreshing Gin & Tonic before looking around. One of the first questions asked was where did the name come from? Luke informed us that ‘Bimber’ is the Polish word for Moonshine. The distillery opened in 2015, first bottling in 2016. It is one of the first London distilleries to produce Single Malt Whisky for over a century. In terms of production they distill, bottle and label by hand in batches of 1,000.
The new-make spirit is currently being aged in four different cask types: ex-Bourbon, ex-Pedro Ximenez, ex-Port & Virgin American oak. The first batches will become whisky in June 2019 (3 years and a day from distillation).
The distillery has 2 stills, Doris and Astraea, representing water and purity. Doris (600 litre copper pot still) is named after a Grecian sea Goddess. A Goddess of the waters, she looks after the mouths of rivers where fresh waters flow freely.
Since returning home I have spent a bit more time with the Rum and can confirm it makes a great Daiquiri!