Balvenie 21-year-old

Overall rating
Whiskybase ID
Single Malt
Distillery Bottling
Bottling serie
Madeira Cask
Stated Age
21 years old
Madeira Casks Finish
40.0 % Vol.
700 ml 700 ml
Bottle code
L34A 4839 0711
Added on
03 Mar 2016 8:53 am by Gonathras

Average value

€ 233.68

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130 × member ratings

458 × in collection

Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 21-year-old

20 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 85.01 points

  1. Whisky-Connaisseur did not rate this whisky Expert Senior

    A luscious, rich and delicate single malt with a lovely mouthfeel. Shows an inebriant fruitiness - like walking through an orchard in summer time. Nicely complex and layered. Although having been matured for over 21 years in oak casks, the oaky and spicy flavours aren't dominating at all but stay in perfect harmony with the sweet and fruity layers of this beauty. Dangerously quaffable! For this it isn't a bad thing that The Balvenie 21yo Madeira Cask is bottled at only 40% abv - you can have a second dram, or third. https://www.whisky-connaisseur.de/tasting-notes-english/balvenie/
    • Nose
      Opens with creamy vanilla and loads of fruit. Fruit basket full of ripe apricots, peaches, juicy oranges, quince, mirabelle and pineapple juice. Inebriant and very appealing. Hints of toffee with the typical Balvenie honey edge. Rich with subtle notes of cinnamon, ginger and oak in the back.
    • Taste
      The palate exactly delivers what the nose promises. Soft, almost silky, sweet and very fruity with a plethora of yellow fruits - apricots, mirabelles, juicy oranges, peaches and sultanas. This is lovely combined with creamy vanilla, toffee and honey. Gentle spice and oak layers towards the finish.
    • Finish
      The finish is medium long and creamy with vanilla, sweet barley sugar and fruity with sticky fruit jam. Slightly bitter notes of orange peel along with oak and cinnamon spice on the tail.

      With water: A few drops of water bring more creamy vanilla and honey to the fore while the delicate fruitiness is only slightly tamed. More oak spice in the background. The sweet and creamy flavours are slightly reduced with an enhanced spiciness of oak, cinnamon, white pepper and ginger. The fruitiness is still present. The finish is rather short with vanilla and malted barley, subtle dry with more oak spice coming through.

  2. ruedi scored this whisky 79 points Expert Senior

    Smell 79
    Taste 81
    Departure 79
    In any case, not enough for this price

  3. ezioaudit scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

  4. CherryHeart scored this whisky 84 points Member Senior

    Nose: The smell of shame, according to the flavor inertia of the rich, captured kiwi, orange, pineapple, yellow peach mixed juice, honey, cream puff, dried apricot, weaker cinnamon and oak barrel.

    Palate: Occupied by large-scale oak barrel smell, not very pleasant. In addition, it is Guozhen powder, red apple, cinnamon, honey, red dates, toffee, and only some of the characteristics of the Madeira barrel appear at the end: spicy and feta.

    Balance, Body: Moderate wine body, rich in oil and fat, not strong in alcohol, stable and symmetrical.

    Finish: Medium to long, fruit juices of red apples and other ripe fruits, red dates, oak barrels, honey, fruit treasures.

  5. JacobaEd scored this whisky 84 points Connoisseur

    • Nose
      84 84
    • Taste
      85 85
    • Finish
      83 83

  6. schengel10 scored this whisky 86 points Connoisseur

    Certainly a good malt, but for the age and the price I expect more. Even the 40% are too low for me!
    • Nose
      86 86
      equally fruity (oranges, peaches), beautiful vanilla, sweet honey;
    • Taste
      86 86
      a restrained malty sweet onset, fruits, creamy, vanilla, honey, seasoning (ginger, oak);
    • Finish
      85 85
      medium length finish, spicy oak;

  7. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    • Nose
      75 75
    • Taste
      75 75
    • Finish
      73 73

  8. King_of_Grill scored this whisky 73 points Member Senior

    Not bad but could not meet the high expectations, a bit boring and far too little for the price
    • Nose
      Fruits, vanilla, apple juice
    • Taste
      mild, sweet
    • Finish
      Supple, medium long, light oak

  9. MM-Speyside scored this whisky 71 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      63 63
    • Taste
      88 88
    • Finish
      70 70

  10. Whiskydufftown scored this whisky 85 points Expert Senior

    • Nose
      88 88
    • Taste
      86 86
    • Finish
      84 84


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