Balvenie 21 Portwood
Added on Thursday, May 8, 2008 at 10:58 PM
  Bottler: OB
  Age: 21 yrs Type: Scotch
  Vintage: N/A Subtype: Single Malt
  ABV: 43.00 % Region: Speyside
  Price: $120 Availability: Wide
Member Ratings and Notes
N: Orange and citrus, solvent, very big and powerful nose.
P: Tastes just like the nose, slightly oily, mouth coating
F: Tangerines
A little water brings out the sweetness. 
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..... 

Nose: Orange peel


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.


N: Warm sweet fruit candy nose.  Wood shavings mixed with herbs.

P: Semi sweet.  Toffee, nutty and earthy

F: Wintermint and cinnamon


The nose was nice and inviting.  The port influence here is good compared to other port wood whiskies I've had but it ultimately left me thinking of cherry flavored cough syrup.


Blind retaste: B/B-

N: Winey, brown sugar, peaches and oak

P: Fruit candy, stale sherry

F: Light spices but doesnt last too long


n: strawberry Starburst™ candies, lemon cream pie, soft malty nose. Tangerine peel and vanilla almond milk.



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, dried strawberry, and ripe golden fruits. Butterscotch pudding with a hint of grape bubblegum in finish. Dense mouth feel. Usually port is a turn-off for me, but the cask selection works well for this. [solid B, but too expensive]

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