• Spend a day at Bimber Distillery
• Learn how to operate the equipment and distil single malt whisky
• Learn about London's distilling history and the Bimber story
• Enter the distillery floor to see all the distilling equipment used
• Experience the whole whisky making journey; from malted barley to new-make spirit
• Opportunity to help with the mashing!
• Learn about the processes of maturation, including a cask filling, aging and instrumention
• Take home a 70cl bottle of your favourite Bimber spirit or 5cl bottles of the full range
• You will form part of a small group of up to 5 participants
What Can I Expect
You might like drinking a wee dram of it, but do you know how to distil whisky? Spend a day at this London distillery learning how to make whisky. You will become a member of the distilling team for the day, looking after the stills and generally helping with the day to day work of a distiller.
Seeing how single malt whisky is made is utterly fascinating stuff and it’s great fun to get involved with the whole process. It’s a rare chance too, because this distillery is one of the first in London to start whisky making in over a 100 years. The team is dedicated to producing hand-crafted spirits and your hosts are only too pleased to literally lift the lid on distilling.
And indeed, it’s on the distillery floor where all the action is. You can’t miss the two gleaming copper alembic stills that are the beating heart of this distillery. One’s called Doris and other is Astraea. Through the course of your experience day you’ll learn what roles they play in whisky making.
The base ingredient to the whiskies made here is malted barley. It comes from Warminster Maltings, the country’s oldest working maltings, where English-grown barley is germinated to convert the starch to sugar. It is then dried to stop the process and crushed. It’s at this point that the now malted barley is delivered to the distillery ready to be made into whisky.
The first job of the distiller is mashing. And yes, you can stuck in too! This is when the barley is mixed with hot water in stainless mash tuns - and the liquid that comes out is called wort. Slow and steady now, as the wort is fermented for up to week. Then it’s distillation time with Doris. She looks after the first of two distilling processes. Once Astraea has finished the second, the newly made whisky is ready for ageing.
Here at the Bimber distillery where your workshop takes place, the whisky is aged in American Oak pre-charred casks to give it a smoky flavour, or casks previously used for Bourbon, Port or Sherry production. As any good distiller knows the choice of cask influences the final texture and flavours of the whisky, so take note!
Now you know how to distil whisky, all that remains for you, as Bimber’s newest distiller, is to sample the final product. You will be able to choose from 5cl bottles of the full spirits range, or a full 70cl bottle of your favourite from the available spirits. We can only say cheers to that!
• Saturdays throughout the year
• Minimum age 18
• Not suitable for spectators
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Bimber Distillery, London NW10