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Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish

(70cl, 40.0%)
Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish

Awards for Balvenie 21 Year Old


Speyside Single Malt 19-25yo - 2014

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)

Silver Outstanding
Silver Outstanding

Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2014

International Wine & Spirit Competition


Distillers' Single Malts 21 years old and over - 2014

International Spirits Challenge


Speyside Single Malt 19-25yo - 2013

The Scotch Whisky Masters (The Spirits Business)


Scotch Single Malt - Speyside - 2013

International Wine & Spirit Competition

Balvenie 21 Year Old Details


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Interesting fact… Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish whisky spells its name whisky as it originates in Scotland. Had it been produced in America its name would be Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish whiskey, instead of whisky.

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Balvenie 21 Year Old Bottling Note

The flagship single malt from Balvenie's little group of Port Wood whiskies. This bottling was finished in thirty year old port pipes and is a veritable masterclass in poise and balance.
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Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Elegant. White peach and a faint puff of smoke.

Palate: Surprisingly delicate. Abounding, yet fine. Her sublime mouth feel carries, masterfully: red fruit, raisins, an edge of white grape and a very floral honey.

Finish: Cocoa, slightly bitter as it tails away gracefully.

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User Reviews of the Balvenie 21 Year Old PortWood Finish

Simply a MUST!

I really love it! It's stunning!! One of my favourite scotch, it's for ever! gp

19th March 2014


I have been drinking single malts for about 5 years. And prior to this, I had splurged on a 375 ml bottle of Macallan 18 (similarly price to Balvenie 21 in my area). A few months back, I treated a friend to a dram for his birthday, which was my first time with the Portwood 21. It's the best Scotch I have tasted. I recommend it. I got a bottle for Christmas, and I am trying really hard to conserve it. I share too much :) The price does make it more special. It is looking like a two bottle max (per year) for me. Don't drink it with food, even if it's an 80 dollar steak. This is best savored with 2 cold stones on a half full stomach. In my opinion, don't even smoke a cigar with it. Definitely savor every sip.

3rd February 2014

Liquid dessert

No need to say anything else. Seriously expensive in the US at 190-200 dollars a bottle.

29th January 2014

Subtle over superior...

Made a mistake getting a bottle, fortunately not too costly. Should have taken more time in the port cask; not enough character been drawn out of it IMHO. Balvenie is good at producing drams that are easily enjoyable though.

21st November 2013

Love at First Sight

Tried this on a whim and quickly realized that this was a special dram.

26th October 2013

Quality, but not my style

I tried a dram of this whisky a little while ago, and while I found it enjoyable, it was drier than I would have expected for something aged in port wood, and from Balvenie no less! I like my whiskies with a little sweetness to them, and Balvenie usually gives me that (e.g. both Doublewoods, Single Barrel 15, Caribbean Cask). Nonetheless, it was a solid dram, and my buddy acknowledged it as one of his favorites. Just not my style.

17th October 2013


This stuff is the tits.

9th October 2013

The Best

Amazing. Plus a value when you consider some alternatives.

9th October 2013

Dessert in a Glass

Amazing! Intoxicating aroma, smooth & flavorful with a slight hint of smoke. The finish goes on and on. One shot, poured neat, with a drop of water, can be sipped, savored and enjoyed for a long time.

28th August 2013


I just tried the 21year Port Wood and would match very few with my cigar.

28th July 2013

luv this!

One of the finest whiskeys I have ever enjoyed. I acknowledge its not going to appeal to everyone but inhaling the aroma alone is pure ambrosia for me.

8th June 2013

a quality whisky

it is very smooth, however for me it lacks depth and complexity - maybe slightly insipid? Enjoyable but will go for something else next time

3rd April 2013



23rd March 2013

Expected more

An enjoyable, smooth and very easy drink. It just doesn't do an awful lot for me. Not a wealth of flavours and I feel there are a lot better out there for £86

21st March 2013

Stop and try....100% satisfaction awaits

I couldn't be happier with my purchase.

1st March 2013

I'm drinking this as I post

Nose: I detect jam, no smoke. Palate: It starts sweet, more of that jam, from the nose. It morphs into something more fiery, warming, spicy. The finish is spicy,and, yes, there is cocoa in that tail. Very good!

15th January 2013


Found the whisky that will carry me through the rest of my days.

1st September 2012

Great Whiskey!

This is a wonderful Scotch. The tasting notes are spot on although the finish also has a nice warm milk note which, thankfully, lingers on your tongue.

10th May 2012

Very delicious!

I tried to drink it and I think it's best whisky, very delicious, I hope I can buy more...

5th January 2012

My favourite port of call!

I had a bottle of the 91 portwood and thought I'd upgrade after completing it. I have to say, the jump wasn't dramatic, but this really is an awesome Scotch. If you dont mind splashing out, this will really float your boat.

6th October 2009

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