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.

Distillery Bottling
21 Year Old
Cask Type
Port Pipe Finish


  • Body
  • Richness
  • Smoke
  • Sweetness


  • 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.

  • 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.

53 Customer Reviews

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  • 5
    17 January

    Finally got round to buying one of these. I wasn't disappointed! The port flavours are balanced and it doesn’t come across too sweet. Had to have a few glasses just to check but definitely a worthwhile addition to the whisky cupboard.

  • 4
    18 December 2018

    Very good but not comparable to whiskies like The Dalmore or Macallan 18 year olds in smoothness or complexity. But this was nicely flavored with a fine complex aroma.

  • 5
    6 December 2018

    I first tried the 21 year old in England on a business trip in 1995. I now live in the US and drink no other scotch. Keep up the excellent work.

  • 5
    13 November 2018

    Dr. Jordan (a martini guy) had a bottle of this at his house that he would pour for me when ever I stopped by. It is still my favorite and has put me off of all other single malt scotch.

  • 5
    3 November 2018

    Fell in love with this scotch on the first kiss!

  • 5
    23 September 2018

    Surprised my husband with it for his birthday. He drinks Balvenie all the time but has never had the 21 year old bottle. He said it was amazing and smooth.

  • 5
    27 June 2018

    Super!! It's beyond my expectation.

  • 5
    7 June 2018

    Very smooth!

  • 5
    12 April 2018

    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 2018

    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 2018

    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.

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