Balvenie 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
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

€ 201.85

48 × in wishlist

351 × member ratings

789 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 21-year-old

43 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.77 points

  1. Moses scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    I think the beguiling nose and the proud age seduce many whisky friends to rate this bottle very highly. But if you carefully take apart the main part and the finish, it becomes clear that this dram has its weaknesses precisely there. Because it only delivers the texture relatively thin and is no more convincing than any other good 21er. Plus no rough edges. Only the violently peppery start. But that's exactly what I found annoying or inappropriate, because with only 40% you shouldn't expect that. This is also disappointing for those who bought it for that very reason. The Balvenie 21 was also available as a "duty free" version with 47.6%. I would be very interested in that. For this comparison I will park 20cl. Thank you very much to "little dram" for the great rehearsal.
    • Nose
      Very pleasant nose with dark berries and exotic fruits of all kinds. Seductively tender and loving, it plays back and forth in a grandiose balance between ex-bourbon (hogshead?) And the port pipes. With vanilla and tropical fruitiness, it comes across as very elegant and impressive. Incl. a wow effect, because the nose is a unicorn experience.
      Respect to Master David Stewart.
    • Taste
      In the approach surprisingly strict for the 40%. Also a bit dry and thin with a sharp base. The dried raisins and the nutty transition are now pleasant in the main part. Then dried berries come out very woody. With a touch of grapefruit it makes a bit of an impression on me but then looks dusty and dry on the finish. The depth and texture of a 21 are not shown to their best advantage. No palate waves, no up and down. Only the one-way street in the exit. Question to the master:
      Has it been in the barrel too long?
    • Finish
      Medium to rather short. He didn't hold out. It's a shame, this dram doesn't deliver what the nose promised. At the back, it looks too simple. It's a shame, I'm a little disappointed because I expected more. A blind tasting would be appropriate and fair here. The name, the age and the great nose had screwed me up too high with my expectations. Greetings to “little dram”: Fortunately, the sample is big enough.
      One evening does not come to a fair judgment here. I will touch up the days.

  2. MrDvorak scored this whisky 87 points Expert Junior

    RATING: 87pts – |87 – 89 (B+) → Great| — Always nice to have a bottle of this.
    • Nose
      88 88
      The nose has a nice berry and autumn profile with notes of foliage, spicy wood and black currant.
    • Taste
      87 87
      The taste is berry and fruity with hints of cherry jam, raisins, cinnamon donuts and notes of chocolate.
    • Finish
      87 87
      The finish is pretty long with nice hints of vanilla and berry compote followed by sawdust and straw.

  3. wbarchive_875995 did not rate this whisky Expert Junior

    Autumn foliage with spicy wood, black currant, cherry, raisins and cinnamon donuts.

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

  4. romantickizzel scored this whisky 86 points Member Junior

    Nice autumn dram, needs higher ABV for the price

  5. Malthead19 scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    - a tasty and good single malt, BUT for the 21 years
    one does not come!
    - Very subtle smell, good taste, no finish
    - for a 21 year old Balvenie and the high price unfortunately very much
    disappointing and way too expensive
    • Nose
      Strong alcoholic first impression (despite the only 40%), subtle character, plum, no sweetness or port notes, smells rather dry / tart
    • Taste
      very fruity strong (surprisingly more intense) start, could easily have 46%, dry red wine, wood,
    • Finish
      very short dry finish;
      hardly any echo

  6. MLE scored this whisky 87 points Expert Senior

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

  7. Kuriberi scored this whisky 100 points Newbie

    Juicy wood,sweetnesses

  8. EvilAFI scored this whisky 90 points Expert Senior

    The more I go back to Balvenie the more I appreciate their balance. This is no exception. Berries, vanilla, honey, oak and malt all beautifully woven together.
    • Nose
      90 90
      Honey, light oak, cream, blueberry jam
    • Taste
      90 90
      Fruity (mixed berries) , oak is now medium, easy drinking abv,
    • Finish
      89 89
      Vanilla and berry compote, nice seasoned oak dryness

  9. LeChiffre scored this whisky 83 points Connoisseur

    With its 40% unfortunately too weak on the chest - the aromas are watered down. Doesn't offer more than a similar whisky around 40-50 euros. So in view of the price, completely excessive and nothing I would buy.
    • Nose
      85 85
    • Taste
      82 82
    • Finish
      82 82

  10. Ro_Loe_10 scored this whisky 86 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      Tropical fruits, raspberries, nuts, raisins
    • Taste
      Sour and dry
    • Finish
      Medium, dry


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