Balvenie 21 Portwood Review

This is a core expression from Balvenie that’s finished in thirty year old port pipes and bottled at 40% ABV.

Nose: Loads of honey with spiced malt and strawberries. Port is present, but remains fairly minimal for me. Slightly damp, charred oak note towards the end.

Palate: Port way more evident here with a bit of a stale vanilla profile surrounding the malt.

Finish: Dry, sweet oak with subtle fruits and toffee

Rating: 85/100 – Good, but the low proof really holds this one back. It’s very approachable and for that reason is probably a lot of newer scotch drinker’s first big bottle purchase (also due to its prevalence at liquor stores).

Value for the money: These tend to vary a lot by region, but typically close to $200. It’s too big of an ask either way as I’d peg this one closer to $80-$100.

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