• Start with a whisky cocktail at the distillery bar
• Learn about London's distilling history and the Bimber story
• Enter the distillery floor to see all the distilling equipment used
• You will be shown how the Bimber team mash, ferment and distil their fine malted English Barley
• Taste new made spirit which is aged in the different casks
• Sample a selection of cask aged spirits, including ex-Bourbon, ex-Sherry, ex-Port and Virgin American Oak
• Experiences last for one and a half hours
• You will form part of a group of up to 12 participants
What Can I Expect
Spend an hour or so whisky tasting in north west London and you’ll become a bit of a connoisseur! As well as sampling that fine nectar, you will also tour the premises, as this isn’t just a place to drink whisky - they make it here too!
What’s amazing about Bimber Whisky is the fact that it is one of the first to be produced within London in over a century. We’re pretty sure Londoners get through a fair amount of whisky, so it makes sense to make some in the capital. And whilst Scottish and Irish whisky might be the best-known, this talented team is determined to put London back on the whisky producing map.
Your malt whisky tour at Bimber starts with an ice breaker of a cocktail - made with whisky, of course. You’ll have a chat with the distillery team who'll the explain the tasting and tour programme to you. They’ll also talk a little bit about the history of their business, their passion for spirits (the drinking kind, rather than the spooky kind) and their current products, including their range of single malt whiskies which will be launched in 2019.
Heading down onto the craft distillery floor, you’ll be amazed by the pot stills, column stills, mash tuns and fermenters. It’s feels like a veritable laboratory rather than just where whisky is produced and the expert distillers are the alchemists of malting, mashing and distilling. The full process will explained to you, from grain to bottle, opened and ready to pour.
And that is just how your whisky tour continues, with you congregating in this artisan London distillery bar for a spirits tasting session. Having seen all that English barley, you’ll now be able to experience for yourself what spirits taste like having been matured in various different casks. You might be surprised to learn that barrels are re-used to give spirits such as whisky distinguishing notes and flavours. At Bimber, the whisky is matured in casks formerly used in the making of Bourbon, Sherry and Port, as well as Virgin American Oak casks too.
In the words of the great Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw: ‘Whisky is liquid sunshine’. And we’re sure whisky fans going on this whisky tasting in north west London’s Bimber Distillery will agree!
• Saturdays and Thursdays throughout the year
• Experiences start at 12:00 and 14:30 on Saturdays and 18:30 on Thursdays
• Minimum age 18
• Not suitable for spectators
Anything Else I Need To Know?
• Bimber Distillery, London NW10
• Nearest station: North Acton (Central Line)