The Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood Finish

Balvenie The Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood Finish

(0.75l, 43%)


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$228.99
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In the picturesque hills of Speyside, in the shadows of the towering Balvenie Castle, there's a prestigious distillery that produces breathtaking Spirits. Using the cleanest water and their own barley, the Balvenie distillery employs unique state-of-the-art stills called Balvenie Bowls, and creates some of the most unique and exclusive Whiskies on the market. And it's the stills that make all the difference. Due to their special shape, vapors mix before they enter the head.

That's where the Balvenie PortWood Finish 21 Year Old was also made, but since the Balvenie guys and gals don't settle for ordinary, they asked their own cooper Ian McDonald to craft traditional oak casks. The Spirit is aged for at least 21 years and inherits lovely notes of soft oak, honey and caramel. Then, another extra-mile thing happens: the Scotch is matured in barrels that used to house Port Wine. No wonder the lavish fruity aromas and marzipan flavors won the Whisky the Double Gold at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in 2009 and 2012.

Deluxe, delightful, divine. 
  • Category
  • Style
    Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Region
  • Country
    United Kingdom, Scotland
  • Alcohol
    43%
  • Distillery
  • Age
  • Maturation
    Traditional oak casks and Port Wine cask finish

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honey
caramel
bitter
smoky
floral
white grape
oak
cocoa
raisin
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Whisky or Whiskey? The spelling differs geographically. In Scotland and some other parts of the world distilleries usually spell it Whisky; in Ireland and USA they spell it Whiskey.

Tasting Notes

Appearance / Color
Amber.

Nose / Aroma / Smell
Elegant aromas of white peach and a sotto voce of smoke.

Flavor / Taste / Palate
Astonishingly delicate flavors of red fruit, raisins, white grape and an extremely floral honey.

Finish
Sumptuous finish with hints of cocoa and a bitter aftertaste.
Ratings & Reviews
Glenn
Glenn,
This bottle speaks for itself. I absolutely love it.
 
Creston
Creston,
Very smooth
 
Joseph
Joseph,
Favorite scotch! Perfect blend of honey and caramel to hold a soft taste throughout. Thought I tasted plum but potentially the grape. Mild smoke pairs well with the caramel. Worth it!
 
Greg
Greg,
Some time ago I was presented with this bottle as a thank you for services rendered. At the time I had only begun tasting single malt scotches and so my repertoire was limited. Nevertheless, a recent revisit reminded me of the sublime and flavorful character of this dram. This is one occasion when I think the spiral has missed the mark. I taste dark chocolate and fruit up front with a touch of smoke underneath as it lingers on the palate for the honeyed flavors of port to seep through., here perhaps to more sophisticated palates, the marzipan and caramel. For me this is a pricey dram but well worth the occasional investment.
 
Theo
Theo,
Wonderfully crafted and supremely enjoyable! So far, probably my favorite to sit and sip. Love the sweet finish from the portwood.
 
guest
guest,
Recommended
 
guest
guest,
Best dram ever had so far. Only wish is a bit more peat. But definitely my favorite
 
Dustin
Dustin,
Great taste for the price.
 
Daniel
Daniel,
Amazingly smooth and well rounded. Long lingering finish, caramel , vanilla, spice, oak, with a touch of smoke. Best glass of whisky I’ve ever had
 
Michael
Michael,
Really smooth. Pleasantly long finish. One of my favorites.
 
Steven
Steven,
Pretty rich tasting, but smooth
 
Aaron
Aaron,
Amazingly smooth. Best scotch I have ever tried.
 
Raelene
Raelene,
Love!
 
Jason
Jason,
Go to scotch with delicious taste. Nice finish, without any burn.
 
Ron
Ron,
I'm a fan of Balvenie and tend to like port finished whiskeys so there should be no surprise that I really enjoyed this scotch. I could understand if some folks think the port influence was overdone but it was the the right amount for my tastes.
 
Eric
Eric,
My favorite scotch ever. I love how it’s got a mild, yet interesting flavor from the port barrels. Throw in a couple of ice cubes to chill it and it really opens up.
 
guest
guest,
First love in scotch
 
guest
guest,
Speechless
 
Michael
Michael,
This is my favorite single malt scotch I’ve tasted to-date. I like my whisky on the sweet side with a smooth mouth feel and long, smooth finish. This one is all of that and more. I am generally drawn to Speysides due to their absence of smokiness and I’m particularly drawn to whiskies that are aged in casks previously used for another wine or spirit. If you want to splurge or give a gift for a very special occasion, this is your bottle.
 
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