An additional period of maturation in 30 year-old Port pipes has given this aged Balvenie an extra level of depth and concentration of flavour, adding potent fruit and smoke notes to the silky-smooth full-bodied palate. Rich, indulgent, after-dinner Speyside at it's best. IWSC - Gold Medal Winner 2011
(£91.67 ex. VAT)
CountryScotlandRegionSpeysideBottlerDistillery BottlingAge21 Year OldCask TypePort Finish
Fruity and creamy, like orange creamsicles. Raisin sweetness and brazil nut dryness. A distinct mustiness in the background verifies the age.
Honeyed and creamy with a big, rich flavour impact; but somehow gentle, like a pillowfight or Jello wrestling. Spicy, too, pepper and a bit of chinese 5-spice or something. Deep and complex. Long creamy finish with nutty oakiness and, i dunno... hard to explain; not a flavour but a feeling...very exciting, like gently touching the inside lip of someone you love (or lust) with your tongue. Warming and sensual. Each sip an experience that is happily repeated.
[These tasting notes are taken from drwhisky.blogspot.com]
Producer's Tasting Notes
Nose: A perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, backed by a nutty dryness.
Palate: A malt of refinement and remarkable character, it is creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes, and has a long and gentle nutty finish.
David Stewart - The Balvenie Malt Master
Customer Reviews: (22 reviews)
Very nice, tasty, but subtle and perhaps slightly disappointing for a 21 year old.
- Poserj, 31st March
Sweeet sassy molassy!!!
- Snoop-A-Loop, 18th March
- anonymous, 8th Mar '12
Thought I would venture into the £50+ range and went for this as i've always been a fan of Balvenie, it's the best money I have ever spent. From the moment I opened the box and set my eyes on it's rich colour I was in love, a sniff from the bottle had me drooling, a lung full from the glass had me weeping for joy. I was almost worried the taste wouldn't match up, but my word it did. This is a different class, I can't tell you how much I love this whiskey.
- Andy Mack, 10th Dec '11
a beautiful whiskey. Just for fun i was drinking this side by side with a Glenfarclas 40, and actually preferred this. The dried fruity aromas really come out on the palate, with just a hint of sweetness.
- weg, 17th Sep '11
Thanx TWE admin appriciate it
- Dor, 3rd Jul '11
Dor: From what I can find the whisky is almost the same, just not as diluted for the duty free version. The big difference is that the 47.6% bottling isn't chill-filtered, while the regular version is.
- TWE Admin, 28th Jun '11
I own a bottle. but one from the duty free version bottled at 47.6%, TWE admin, can you comment about the slight differences between the two?
- Dor, 28th Jun '11
Great stuff! My runner up is the 15 Year Single Barrel, but I have a bottle of the 17 Year Madeira to try next...
- anonymous, 5th Jun '11
Fruity and amazingly smooth, so easy to drink and so wonderful in taste and character. This is definitely one of my personal favourites!
- Ben, Singapore, 22nd Jan '11
Price/quality is best on this one. I usually drink 12 double wood, but I am tempted to change to this one as "weekly drinker" :)
- anonymous, 25th Nov '10
So smooth... definitely my favourite whisky!
- Pol, 7th Sep '10
one of the smoothest easiest to drink single malts i own, immensly enjoyble
- mighty quaid, 18th Aug '10
best liquor i ever tasted
- anonymous, 8th Jul '10
First I tried the 12 year old back in 1997 and did not like it, then the 15 year old and not even close (1999), finally the PortWood in 2000 ....and I felt in love!!!Now, I have to safe 700 USD to try the highest of all.Stay "in love" my friendsMEM
- anonymous, 17th Feb '10
I just had two glasses of this at the Dorchester, my new favourite whiskey by far!
- Oliver, 11th Dec '09
IWSC Best in Class, ISC Best in Show. Brilliant whisky.
- jb, 29th Nov '09
Absolutly stunning. Finish is supberb
- ron mccaffery, 23rd Nov '09
The finish on this stuff is awesome!
- rwbenjey, 25th Oct '09
One of my favourites. Silky smooth with nice complex aromas. One can never have too much of the Balvenie 21.