I don't get this one, taking into account the price and years. Nose is resinous, with pine sap, and fruity. Palate is fruity in a rich way, water opens more sweetness. Continues with a quickly fading finish which leaves some undesirable bitterness. Fine, but just that.
The nose is like the cherry aroma of a Barolo. The palate is more malty, less sweet. The finish is a little more woody, tasting some of the port finish. Great nose and easy to sip on. Probably not worth the price, but very enjoyable.
I must admit that I usually like wine finishes and this Port Finish is really good in my book. The classic vanilla sweetness and fruits are complemented with the musty sweet port flavors. The dark grapes and musty earthen notes ad something really nice in my book. I am ashamed.....
Palate: Well, I'm at the bottom of the bottle and I remember it tasting better before. I'm getting solvent and light fruit. B- but I REALLY want to re-taste with a different bottle. I don't think this sample is doing Balvenie 21 justice.
t: sweet, soft, and delicately rounded. Vanilla cream, caramel, mandarin orange slices, with a sourdough bread side to this. Very easy to drink with green grapes and ripe golden fruits. Malt and peach juice in the finish. Usually port is a turn-off for me, but the cask selection works well for this. [solid B, but too expensive]