Balvenie 21-year-old

Overall rating
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Stated Age
21 years old
Port Wood Finish
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
New Label 2015
Bottle code
L34Z 4244 1903
Added on
30 Mar 2015 8:15 am by Alex

Average value

€ 183.54

40 × in wishlist

275 × member ratings

614 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 21-year-old

32 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.79 points

  1. pdby scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    Warm, slightly closed, with a spicy tree, black currants, cherries and raisins, honey and donuts with cinnamon in the aroma, the taste is slightly sweet, slightly knits with nuances of red berries, cherries and wood, in a soft and delicate finish a sheet of black currant and tobacco.
    For 40%, hands should be beaten off, otherwise a very tasty adult malt, Balveni’s honey alcohols would be recognized;

    RATING: 87pts - [n22, t21, f22, b22] → | 86-89: Remarkable |

  2. Valérie scored this whisky 81 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      78 78

  3. lucero scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      80 80
    • Finish
      80 80

  4. WhiskyLovingPianist scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur


    N: This is nice, very nice. Sweet shop-sweet with a deep maltiness and a buckwheat=doughy [Eddu] beer note.
    T: Sherry-like with sulphury notes for my sulphur-sensitive palate.
    F: At the minimum bottling strength, it really struggles to keep going.
    C: Nicely soft in keeping with the whole Balvenie range, but this one is noticeably underpowered.

  5. keizerjos scored this whisky 82 points Expert Senior

    Thunders on all sides. Soft, subtle nose, hard to describe; some wood, a little thin scent. Nice taste, of course - and Balvenie, and 21 years, and a portwood finish; what's not to like? Late follows the smell of water mint and very late finally comes the port and wry / dry tannin. Very good but I do not taste 175 euros. Bottle that stuff at 46% or higher and you have a classic, I think so.

  6. Defeatless scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    I don't think this on deserves a high price. After 21 years of maturation, you expect something better from Balvenie. Sad to bring this on 40%ABV.

    Not a bad whisky though, simply not worth the money.
    • Nose
      86 86
      A delicate nose. Quite some hints of straw and grain. Little hint of the sweet and sour port. A hint of ripe apples but overall it gives cornsyrup sweetness.
    • Taste
      85 85
      Sweet and mild. A little thin mouthfeel. Grain notes and a hint of vanilla. In the background clearly the port influences.
    • Finish
      84 84
      Medium length. Sweet and a bit drying. Hint of sawdust and again straw.

  7. schengel10 scored this whisky 85 points Connoisseur

    An interesting, very good malt, but still missing something! You do not notice his age! Unfortunately a very high price!
    • Nose
      vigorous despite 40%, Alcohol notes, plums, dark berries, slightly dry, tart;
    • Taste
      very fruity, strong, surprisingly intense onset, plums, currants, dry red wine, wood;
    • Finish
      fairly short dry, slightly bitter finish, some wood;

  8. Tuctu scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  9. Tuctu scored this whisky 85 points Expert Junior

  10. Indianerhäuptling scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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


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