- Whiskybase ID
- Single Malt
- Distillery Bottling
- Bottling serie
- Port Wood
- Stated Age
- 21 years old
- Port Wood Finish
- 40.0 % Vol.
- 700 ml
- Bottle code
- L34Y 4481 2905
- Added on
- 06 Mar 2017 4:52 pm by KonstUA
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Whisky Reviews for Balvenie 21-year-old
13 users have left a review for this whisky and scored it an average of 87.08 points
- With 3-6% more that would be a blast and definitely 90+. So you have to drink it in large sips, which spoils the pleasure a bit.
- Enough punch despite only 40% abv - however, I don't like this kind of cardboard in the aftertaste
Intense, fresh, fruity, apples, apricots, citric, honeydew - not bad
Fruity, nutty, spicy, apple juice, some notes of old wood or old books - unfortunately turns into cardboard after a while
Medium long, warm, zesty
- Balvenie 21 yo Portwood. At The Dhabba Indian Restaurant, Glasgow in April 2019 (before I ate the curry, of course). Aged in 30yr port wood. Aroma is intense crazy red apple, red grape, dried raspberry, raspberry icecream.
An awesome aroma of cherry and Christmas spice. Taste is easy, smooth spirit (expected at the ABV), touches of liquorice, nice warmth and rounded character with lovely biscuity woody notes, soft fruit, more damp wood and subtle port leading to a lightly salted finish. Nice balance. This comes across as a super high quality whisky but I just don't get on entirely well with 'red wine' notes in my whisky. This may be top of class for whiskies with this sort of character, for me at least.
- Personally I think this is a lot better than the disappointing 12 Yo Doublewood, and scores may be similar as the 14Yo Carribbean Cask, although the 14Yo is at 43% ABV, and this one is only at 40%
Molasses, same as the 12Yo Doublewood and 14Yo Carribbean Cask, but this one feels denser and more solid. Dry red berries. Perfumed wet paper towel, a little dry orange, like those big Sunkist that are too bone dry to eat. There is toffee after the first sip, which is nice.
Sweet, refreshing, not much going on, may be a little buttery.
Although this is only at 40% ABV, somehow it left some astringent and stinging feelings.
- Pear, malt, raisins, chocolate, thyme, woody and a little fruity. Oily, slightly sweet and somewhat astringent.
- I would be interested to know how it would be with 46%. Delicious, but far too weak to really enjoy it. Pretty easy. In addition, one does not really find the port wine barrel.
Fresh on the nose, fruity (apple), some orange, vanilla, milk chocolate
a bit thin, but very nice to drink. Delicate oak notes, chocolate, cocoa, honey.
Medium length and pleasant.
- A nose of vanilla, not atypical for Balvenie, fruit cake with raisins soaked in cognac, fruity, slightly vinous, some wood, very harmonious and appealing
slightly sweet with creamy fruit, spicy with wood, very aromatic, easily covers the palate and tingles a bit on the tongue ...
very long, sweetish-tart, with oak spice (not bitter), raisins, a touch of cognac, soft, sweetish finish ..., delicious!
- Notes from 2015-01-24
Quite a good drop, but the value for money is under 1 :-(
Light and fresh on the nose with clear notes of dark fruits in combination with cane sugar ... overall slightly weak-chested.
A sweet sweetness of sweet wine, some dark chocolate and orange marmalade.
long with a very slight bitterness.
Short spike but don't expect much from 40%. The smell of french fries, oily and a tad bit earthy.
Banana, jackfruit and various tropical fruits.
Warm medium ending, nutty, oak like, dried kelp.