Not so long ago, Bimber released the Apogee XII. And as the name suggests, this is indeed not a new Bimber, but it’s a 12 year old blended malt consisting of Scottish single malts. Created to meet the high demand for their own products, it will be an ongoing release, of which this is the first batch.

The exact origin of the whisky has not been disclosed, except that the single malts used are sourced from both Speyside and the Highlands. After blending, the Apogee XI was given a short finish in ex-bourbon casks that previously held Bimber’s own single malt and finally bottled at 46.4% ABV.

Apogee XII tasting notes:

Nose: lovely nose, quite fruity and some lovely fresh notes too. A lovely mixture of oranges and lemons. Honey. Salted caramel. Then plenty of red apples, pears and a light floral note. Followed by ginger and cinnamon.

Taste: oranges, but also pineapple in the background. Red apples again. Milk chocolate and toffee, followed by a faint hint of oak. It’s a little bit spicy, with notes of cinnamon and a touch of black pepper.

Finish: mid-long with coffee, milk chocolate and some spices.

A very pleasant blended malt and I think it’s a real crowd-pleaser. It has nice fruit notes, some spice and everything is nicely balanced. This is well made. A word of warning though, it’s dangerously drinkable. 😉

Bottle provided by Bimber.