Balvenie 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
21 years old
Extra Matured in Port Casks
43.0 % Vol.
750 ml
Added on
29 Jan 2010 12:51 am

Average value

€ 229.44

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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 21-year-old

8 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 88.02 points

  1. pgmguy scored this whisky 88 points Member Senior

    Colour: Copper
    Nose: neat: sweet, honeyed, very fruity, I can pick up pineapple, melon and apples. Also some leather aromas. alcohol very subdued. with (a touch of) water: I think water brings more of the fruitiness to the forefront.
    Taste: neat: sweet but much less than what could be antecipated from the nose, with some spice notes (peppery/ginger), some oak as well but well in balance. The fruit notes fade tremendously when compared to the nose. with water: sweeter than neat, I think a touch of water really opens up the taste of this whisky more towards the honey side, toning down some of it's spiciness.
    Finish: medium duration, spicy and woody/oaky with some honey notes but very faded. with water: pretty much the same.
    Comments: I love this whisky, it was one of the first "greats" I tasted and probably I'm slightly biased, but I'll tell you I've tasted the Balvenie 30 and, to me, this one is more enjoyable (and you can buy 4 bottles of the 21 for the price of a 30... no contest, hands down). Unlike what I initially expected, it does improve slightly (to me) with a couple of drops of water, but as always it's a matter of personal taste...
    MY SCORE: Highly Recommended

  2. uap304 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

    Balvenie 21-year @43
    It's clearly complex and definitely high quality, but the spirity side is hard to ignore. It's actually fairly disappointing for the price. Maybe it's the port influence? But WAIT, there is a dram about 3/4 into this bottle that really hits its stride. This amazing sweet spot, for whatever reason possibly as high as 95/100, unfortunately could not be repeated. Everything became richly amplified and intensely delicious, strongly honeyed, with vanilla, toffee, caramel, chocolate, and a hefty mix of straight sherry and port thrown into the mix. So that’s worth something. How many bottles will I buy in the future chasing that dram?
    • Nose
      A spirity overcoat but with underlying raisins, honey, vanilla, cream, syrup, coconut, chocolate, oak. All good so far.
    • Taste
      Rich, full, and rounded. A little bit hot, a little bit disappointing, but a nice sweet attack. There is marzipan and lots of honey, naturally, with oaky overtones.
    • Finish
      Unfortunately it is still spirity and hot. Aside from that, crisp and warming, leaving notes of coconut, raisins, chocolate, and finally toffee. Not bad.

  3. lukeboone scored this whisky 86 points Expert Junior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      87 87
    • Finish
      86 86

  4. Austin.Foster scored this whisky 90 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      Metallic toffee on the nose.
    • Taste
      Fruit, Nut and Pine on the palate.
    • Finish
      Finish is complex but warming like a light flannel blanket.

  5. Alex did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    "To create The Balvenie Portwood 21 Year Old, rare 21 Year Old Balvenie - which has been matured in traditional oak casks - is transferred to a port cask, or pipe, which has held fine port wines. Here it is sampled every month by The Balvenie Malt Master to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt, whilst preserving its original characteristics.

    "A single malt of refinement and remarkable character, it is creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes, and has a long and gentle nutty finish." - Distillery



  6. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    Love this dram, one of my favorite Balvenie
    • Nose
      Raisin, port, toffee, cashews, dark fruit
    • Taste
      port, incredible balance
    • Finish
      more port, long and intense

  7. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    The nose is deep, port, with dark fruit, raisin, chocolate, some nutmeg, Taste is warming and very well balanced, Body is extraordinary, more port, Finish is awesome, wanting more, Price is great, typical tube
    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      89 89

  8. mmaclean scored this whisky 89 points Connoisseur

    This was a nice find, being that this scotch is selling for about 200$us I was in Del Mar, Ca. USA and went in for some coffee and noticed a large collection of liquor. There it was 129.99$ didn`t know why, and didn`t ask. I said if you have a ladder I would like that bottle please, and walla!


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