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Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood Finish

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@markjedi1Review by @markjedi1

13th Jun 2012

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The name leaves nothing to the imagination: this grown-up Balvenie is finished in port casks, in this case 30 year old port pipes.

On the nose, I am overwhelmed with sweetness: caramel, toffee, oranges, vanilla and honey, but the port wine gives it a nice round twist. It is waxy on beeswax. It even has a nice bitter lining, like walnuts, from the oak. Hand warmth makes it a tad exotic. Dried pineapple, baked banana and mango.

The body is, admittedly, rather light. I had expected this to be creamier. Very fruity, though. Immediately the dried fruit emerges, heavy on spice, with a truckload of honey. Very drying too. Midpalate, it even becomes somewhat oaky, but luckily not over the top. The spices: cinnamon and white pepper.

The finish is the best part of this whisky. Long and warm on pears and pepper.

A nice Balvenie, however a bit lacking in punch and a bit too heavy on tannins. I believe the influence of the port was rather limited, which is a good thing. If this were bottled at 46%, it might even become a spectacular whisky.

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2 comments

@BlueNote
BlueNote commented

@markjedi1. My bottle is at 47.6% and judging by what I am experiencing compared to your review, it sounds like it definitely benefits from the extra ABV. I got this bottle at an airport duty free, so maybe they are doing different bottlings for different markets. Based on the bottle I have I would put it closer to 90pts.

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@markjedi1
markjedi1 commented

There are indeed different batches.

7 years ago 0

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