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First off, I'm a sucker for Port, Rum, and Madeira finished whisk(e)ys. The Balvenie 21 PortWood, Balvenie 17 year Madeaie, Balvenie 14 year Caribbean, and Bushmills 21 year all made me curl up in my chair and smile : ) Adding this pleasing finish to a bourbon is genius.
The nose is immediately sweeter than most bourbons. It's somewhat similar to Woodford Reserve, if I remember correctly. The palate is extremely smooth, but the port influence doesn't detract from the bourbon profile at all. It surrounds it with a velvet blanket. Rye is at the forefront with the woody, earthy, and spicy flavors following. The port boosts the fruit profile quite nicely and provides this whiskey with a touch of elegance. Thank you Lincoln Henderson!