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Balvenie 21 Year Old Port Wood Finish

Rich, honeyed, and malty Balvenie

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nReview by @numen

13th Jun 2013


  • Nose
  • Taste
  • Finish
  • Balance
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Nose: Ah. Far more 'there' here. See what I did there? Honey, resin, wax - the usual Balvenie thing going on, but now there's more to it: fruit! Apple, peach, nectarines, and some apricot. Still rather malty and waxy. Grape and almost has drops of Spanish brandy. Licorice, too, and sourwood honey.

Palate: Thick and more delicious. A little creamy and honeyed. Fruit nibs lathered in honey. There's a trend here. Wax (honeycomb). Rice pudding. Vanilla. Thick stuff - surprising at this point. Trace amount of wood. Just enough to keep it balanced and not overly sweet.

Finish: Same as on the palate, but more pepper, resin, and ginger here. The most balanced of this Balvenie flight, the richest, and most satisfying. I liked it, very easy to enjoy. It could use more complexity and a greater array of flavors, but it does its own thing well. On the other hand, I hardly think that it's worth the MSRP.

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GotOak91 commented

I agree this beauty can be found for $178 (or $128 can't remember) where I live. So I don't think Ill be randomly picking that up anytime soon. Great review though.

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