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Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood Finish

Seductive. Intoxicating. Perfect.

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@DougfulReview by @Dougful

2nd Nov 2010

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This is the oldest whisky I have yet to try so that alone excited me. Add to that that this is my first port finished scotch, and lest just say I couldn't wait to give this one a go.

Nose: An extraordinary nose. red grape, wheat germ, honey,tropical fruits, dusty old leather bound books, a waft of a long extinguished wood fire. The nose alone could be worth the price of admission.

Palate: An exquisite mouth feel. The flavors are delicate but they just soak into the palate as if they could stay forever. Raisin, prune, red grape, honey, lavender oil. Refined and balanced.

Finish: Leather, cocoa, and vanilla. It isn't bitter but there is the impression of bitterness, if that makes sense. The finish just slowly fades back into the mist.

All that is in my head are these three words: seductive, intoxicating, and perfection. I can't help but have the impression of sitting in old leather chairs with my closest friends in a wood paneled study full of old books and the smoldering coals of a dying fire. There is nothing I would change about this dram.

I wondered if this one could truly be worth the price of admission, it goes for about $140 around here, but I can whole-heartedly say that this is a must-try dram. It is easily one of the best that I have had the pleasure to sample.

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2 comments

@jwise
jwise commented

Good review. The 21yr is my PERFECT whisky. It is the end-all, be-all of whisky. I recently acquired a bottle, and have shared it in the company of my closest friends and family. I'm not too sure how long the bottle will last at this rate, but it is worth sharing.

8 years ago 0

@GregLogan
GregLogan commented

Amen to the both of you. If I was to give a gift to a special person - this would be it. I would definitely buy from the UK though... :-)

7 years ago 0

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