Apogee XII 12 Years Old

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What they say

Apogee XII whisky offers flawless balance with additional layers of flavour and complexity derived from the vivid, fruit and spice-forward character of the ex-Bimber casks.

We sourced some of the finest single malt whiskies from both the Highlands and Speyside. These whiskies were matured for a minimum of 12 years before being enhanced further through skilful, meticulous blending and an additional maturation in ex-bourbon casks that were previously used to age Bimber’s award-winning London single malt whisky.

Bottled at 46.3% ABV with no colouring or chill-filtration, Apogee is presented in a striking, custom glass bottle – which features a tactile, hammered glass that has been fashioned to imitate the surfaces of Bimber’s small copper pot stills

What I say

A 12 year old ‘Pure Malt’ a blend of Highland and Speyside malts that have been finished in ex-Bimber whisky casks.

This review was sponsored by Bimber distillery by provision of a sample of this whisky.

  • ABV 46.3%
  • Age 12 Years Old
  • Bottler Bimber distillery
  • Bottling Apogee XII
  • Cask Bourbon ex Bimber finish
  • Category Blended malt whisky
  • Cost £59.95 from Master of Malt
  • Origin Undisclosed
  • Outturn undisclosed
  • Region England
  • Released 2021
  • Vintage Undeclared

My tasting notes

  • Appearance Orange gold (11/20), slow, medium tears and medium-fine legs.
  • Nose Fruity blackcurrant, coffee, chocolate and oak wood, Manhattan orange oil & zest, toffee, caramel, thick vanilla, cloying and sweet, cinnamon and ginger.
  • Taste Medium-light bodied, polished on the palate, some solvents and cherry and cedar wood, copies the nose with sweet and deep orange extract, coffee and chocolate, spiced gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, waxed apples and pear puree.
  • Finish Medium-long, touch ascerbic, body too light, becomes vaporous and spiced.
  • Overall Intense, some slightly vaporous and very spicy and tannic nature. Lacks a little structure and body for me and I needed a little water to tame the spice and tannins to make this enjoyable, personally I’m hoping this breathes a little in the bottle and calms down before I return to it.

Score 83/100

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