The Balvenie

Aged 21 Years, PortWood

ABV 40%
REVIEWED Issue 4
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Specifications
Brand: The Balvenie
Expression: Aged 21 Years, PortWood
Type: Scotland Whisky / Single Malt
Age: 21 years old
Year of bottling: 1999
ABV: 40%
Country/Region: Scotland / Speyside
Bottling type: Standard (Distillery or blended)
Awards
Recommended
Issue 4
Tasting notes
Taster   Michael Jackson
Nose: Perfumy, fruity. Passion fruit. Raisiny. Nutty dryness, marzipan.
Palate: Very complex. Toffee, creamy, winey, aniseed.
Finish: Long, cedary, dry.
Comment: Bring on the petits-fours.
9.0
Taster   Jim Murray
Nose: Fruity and ripe; lovely and grapey yet smoky, too. Finely tuned.
Palate: Silkier than the other Balvenies, and with greater fruit and spice. Yet some how lacks their complexity.
Finish: Enormous. Wave upon wave of deep smoky/oaky notes. A slight hint of sap towards the finish, though, as the whisky heads in a bourbony direction.
Comment: The port wood has altered the shape of the whisky. The malt plays a less significant part, which means limited complexity.
8.0
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Balvenie Distillery, Dufftown, Moray, Speyside, Scotland
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