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Nose: Initially cherry and sweet vanilla are forefront with nutmeg spice. (I first likened it to an unpeated Ardbeg Uigeadail.) Further inhaling brings orange rind, nutmeg or walnut bitterness, and salty caramel.
Palate: Enters with a sustained floral tone, much like bergamot. A little rubbery or bitter, like walnut skins, but this is just balanced enough by the sweetness of vanilla and dried figs. Towards the end and before the finish, maybe some white pepper.
Finish: Nutmeg persists for medium length, with light overtones of a smoothening sweetness evoking vanilla/pear/clove/tobacco.
I am surprised that none of the 3 Balvenies that I reviewed tonight (12DB, 15SB, 21PW) overtly displayed the honey sweetness that is advertised of the brand. Instead, they have all been more serious and rather characterized by oaky nutmeg. The Port Wood presents the most balance among these, having more complexity and smoothness in the palate. I think that too much breathing seemed to bring out more bitterness, so I would recommend enjoying this one soon after pouring. Then the lasting impression is of a smooth but complex bergamot-vanilla treat.