Balvenie 21 Year Old
Port Wood

70cl / 40%
  • Speyside Single Malt Scotch Whisky
  • Distillery Bottling
Balvenie 21 Year Old / Port Wood
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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 its best.
Bottler
Distillery Bottling
Age
21 Year Old
Country
Scotland
Region
Speyside
Cask Type
Port Finish
Colouring
Yes

Style

  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness

Character

  • Cinnamon Cinnamon
  • Raisins Raisins
  • Orange Orange
  • Hazelnut Hazelnut
  • Honey Honey
  • Cream Cream

Balvenie 21 Year Old Reviews

Tasting Notes

  • 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

47 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    27 June

    Super!! It's beyond my expectation.

  • 5
    7 June

    Very smooth!

  • 5
    12 April

    WOW! I received this scotch as a gift. I was floored when I found out the price. My first taste let me know that it was worth every dollar. The smooth flavor is not comparable. It tickles all the way down and the surge to the brain most unusual. Thank you, Steve, for the perfect gift.

  • 3
    27 February

    Had a dram and nice nose notes. It was smooth and creamy and had a lovely finish. I think a cigar would had really complimented it. Based on my first tasting of this single malt, and no cigar my rating is 3.5

  • 5
    4 January

    This really is the best whisky I have tasted. A must try and well worth the money

  • 5
    26 December 2017

    Wonderful. Better than any other 21yo.

  • 5
    22 November 2017

    This whisky is for me borderline 4-5... Balvenie are without a doubt an exemplary distillery of typical and consistently excellent Speyside single malts, and always have a place in my collection. However I find that value for money versus other whiskies at similar prices sometimes suffers. At the price, I have had better scotch... but, I have to hand it to Balvenie, this is deliciously creamy and peachy. More delicate and less fruit-forward than I expected, but great regardless.

  • 5
    18 November 2017

    It is one of my most favorite Scotch Whiskies!

  • 5
    16 October 2017

    This is a ridiculously delicious whisky. If you like the Redbreast 12 yo barrel strength, I suspect this will be up your alley.

  • 5
    15 October 2017

    I tried this again recently after a few years. A little different to how I remember it a bit sharper a bit more citrus, still has a whiff of smoke - It passes my most fundamental test in a whisky, I can just keep drinking and drinking and drinking it.

  • 5
    26 September 2017

    My favorite!!

  • 5
    26 September 2017

    My favorite!!

  • 5
    10 September 2017

    Sweet wood! The nose is phenomenal, and taste is sweet and woody. Highly recommended

  • 5
    3 July 2017

    Although a tad too sweet, I've worked my way through three bottles so far.

  • 5
    8 May 2017

    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.

  • 5
    10 March 2017

    Delicious very smooth I wish it had a little more bite goes down too easy

  • 5
    3 December 2016

    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

  • 5
    18 May 2016

    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

  • 5
    16 April 2015

    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.

  • 5
    4 February 2015

    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.

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