Balvenie 21 Year Old
70cl / 40%
- Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
- Distillery Bottling
Balvenie 21 Year Old Reviews
Tasting Notes by The Whisky Exchange
Nose: Big and fruity up front, with ripe raisins, touches of peach and a background of nuts.
Palate: Creamy texture with the classic honey and spices complemented by dried fruit and grapes.
Finish: Long, with nuts and hints of cocoa.
Tasting Notes by Dr Whisky
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
33 Customer Reviews
I got my first 21yo portwood in the early 2000?s and it is still my all time favorite. Not even the 30yo is as good as this is. Price has gone up 100%, but still worth every penny. Lovely and smooth. Highly recommend higher vol bottles than 40%, since they give more taste out with a drop of water.
Delicious very smooth I wish it had a little more bite goes down too easy
Could not think of a better whiskey. No need for detailed drawn out review. If this is in your budget, get it. You wont regret it
The major drawback of this whisky is that it is too easy to drink. The nose is almost a bit too sweet, but not cloying indeed. It goes down with no sense of burning at all and leaves a well balanced persisting taste. A rounder alternative to the great super-masculine peaties
Powerful nose. I was at a restaurant. I had to keep swatting at a fruitfly. It eventually ended up in my glass and drowned. (What a way to go). Fortunately my drink was graciously replaced. Very enjoyable.
I really liked this young adult dram and am looking forward to it tonight. Great raisin sweetness , star anise, smooth nutmeg oak flavor. Compact with a nice finish and subtle vanilla impact. This makes me want to explore the Doublewood next or just buy another bottle of this one.
Intriguing experience when dealing with the difference between sweetness from raisins as oppose to citrusy and apple flavors. A school teacher of whisky teaching me an amazing development of smoothness and dryness while still wetting my taste buds from honeyed dehydrated fruit and balanced spice. This bottle was my first Balvenie bottle and it definitely makes me curious to explore their 12yr Double Wood. I like this bottle a lot and don''t know if there is anything else in its age bracket besides maybe 1 or 2 bottles that can compete.
The ABSOLUTE favourite in my collection of different whiskies, just ordered one more, will buy one more as well in soon future :)
Wow ! Just wow !. Absaloubtly stunning and amazing, how this malt can evoke such emotions and it''s a honor to be able to exsperiance such a dram of this stature and refinement just remember for every year of age on a malt whisky you should leave it stand for a minuit per each year and I wouldent recommend adding a tea spoon of water in this one as there is more aroma and flavour un watered like I said above just leave it stand a min per year and best of all enjoy it with a friend or family member !
I bought a bottle at Singapore Airport, for my price range it's the very best & smooth malt scotch whisky I've ever had, plus when I arrived home I found I had a bottle of the same already. So one half glass a week is going to last much longer than I thought.
Simply the best whisky I've ever had. I discovered it at the whisky fringe and it was so good I kept going back for more
Very nice, tasty, but subtle and perhaps slightly disappointing for a 21 year old.
Sweeet sassy molassy!!!
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.
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.
Thanx TWE admin appriciate it
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.
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?
Great stuff! My runner up is the 15 Year Single Barrel, but I have a bottle of the 17 Year Madeira to try next...