Thursday, June 29, 2023


Bimber Distillery and Compass Box, have announced the launch of two new blended malt whiskies, which were created collaboratively by the two London-based Whiskymakers.

Bimber Duality (54% ABV) was created using a peated ex-Bourbon Bimber cask and a first-fill sherried malt from the Glendullan Distillery. Compass Box Duality (52% ABV) was created using an intensely smoky teaspooned whisky from the Ardbeg Distillery and a Pedro Ximénez Sherry matured Bimber cask.

Bimber and Compass Box launch collaborative bottlings

The Duality expressions are said to bring the tradition of generously trading casks to their homes in West London and have been crafted as an exploration of the symmetry and contrasts of sherry-matured whiskies and heavily peated malts.

Each is composed of components sourced from both England and Scotland and strives to juxtapose youth and maturity with texture and intensity to create new united harmonies.

Designed by Bimber’s Matt McKay and Compass Box’s James Saxon, the two Duality releases were created with both Whiskymakers working in tandem. The London-based partners explored a wide-range of component whiskies from both Bimber’s growing warehouse and Compass Box’s extensive Scotch archive – each selecting a distinctive sherried and peated element for their individual Duality blended malts.

Commenting on the launch, Matt McKay from Bimber said: “It has been a pleasure to create Duality with a team as passionate and inventive as Compass Box. The end results speak not only to the mindsets and approaches of both a distillery and a Whiskymaker in conjunction, but also to the incredible versatility of the component malts which have been selected for blending. The Bimber Duality bottling is the first time our London whisky has been utilised in conjunction with malts from different distilleries – we’re incredibly proud of the result and are delighted to have collaborated with Compass Box to produce this duo of Dualities.”

James Saxon from Compass Box, added: “I’ve been a huge admirer of Bimber since visiting in September 2020 – my first distillery tour after lockdown! I have wanted to find a way to bring the attention to detail and distinctiveness of Bimber’s spirits into a Compass Box project since that day. Working with the Bimber team, we created Duality and a pair of releases to celebrate our West London Whiskymaking connection. Duality is unlike anything we have made at Compass Box before – the weight and texture the Bimber brings to our heavily-peated Islay malt is truly compelling.”

Bimber Duality (limited to 340 bottles) and Compass Box Duality (limited to 1,050 bottles) will be available from each brands website from July 4th, for the respective RRP’s of £120.00 and £180.00.

Posted by Steve Rush