Bimber Distillery has just launched a new collection of single malt whiskies in partnership with Transport for London, dubbed “The Spirit of the Underground”.
Featuring a different station on the London Underground, bottles carry names which celebrate Oxford Circus, Baker Street, Waterloo, and Kings Cross St Pancras.
The labels of each bottle are designed to highlight the character and significance of each station’s location.
Selected from ex-Bourbon casks at full cask strength the four releases are non-chill filtered and produced from the distillery’s single farm barley. After being fermented for a week in American oak washbacks, distillation took place in Bimber’s customised copper stills, which resulted in a ‘rich fruit-forward, layered spirit’.
Speaking on the new series Bimber Distillery spokesperson, Matt McKay, said:
“We’re delighted to unveil this exciting new partnership and the first expressions of The Spirit of the Underground Collection. This collaboration with Transport for London celebrates both one of the great engineering projects of the past 200 years and the ongoing development of our spirit. We’re thrilled to showcase our single malt whisky in this most incredible way.”
Bimber Distillery intends to release more Transport for London-themed bottlings. The process will involve making a selection from the 270 stations on the London network. New expressions will be added in four single-cask batches at a time, eventually populating each of the Underground’s 11 lines.
Adding her perspective to the selection, Julie Dixon, head of customer information design and partnerships at Transport for London, said:
“This collaboration really shows off the visual splendour of our historic Underground network. It’s been great to work with a London-based distillery to create this collection and we hope fans of whisky will enjoy this collection as it grows.”
The first release of The Spirit of the Underground Collection will be available later this month with an RRP of £125 (US$177) per 700ml bottle.
For more information, head over to Bimber Distillery’s official website.