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Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish

(70cl, 40%)

Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish

Balvenie 21 Madeira Cask Bottling Note

A 21 year old Balvenie, finished in Madeira casks and very handsomely presented by the Speyside-based distillery. This was originally released for the Travel Retail market.

Tasting Note by The Chaps at Master of Malt

Nose: Apple, kiwi and orange are soon joined by creamier vanilla notes, rounded wood spices and a touch of pepper. Inviting.

Palate: Superb balance of fruit, oak and barley. Fruit Salads develop, frangipane too, hints of cape gooseberry and finally soft caramel.

Finish: Grapefruit and caramel tart. Nuttier with a wisp of smoke on further sips, but never fully losing that touch of juicy fruit.

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Balvenie 21 Year Old Madeira Cask Finish Reviews

Like listening to great music with the volume too low

A missed opportunity here from a great distillery to let a Madeira cask release sing and soar but alas they have gone for the classic travel retail appease the masses approach. Would love to have tasted this at 46% or higher and feel a bit cheated by this as it lacks a bang for its buck, everything is in the right balance but somewhat too muted. Go for one of the Tun 1509 releases instead at this price is my advice.

22nd March 2020

Still nothing

Update: no improvement after been opened an some of bottle gone - smooth but no pulse at all, flatlined into pure boredom. Woeful.

Did get a bottle of single barrel sherry cask - superb dram, if you ever have the choice and are torn don’t make the same mistake I did.

3rd March 2020

No fireworks, no spark

By far the most disappointing whisky I've bought given the quality/price ratio is so absurd. Price is outrageous yet the contents of the bottle is distinctly ordinary. Nose, palate, and finish are all very middling, nothing jumps out at you or blows you away. There is fruit, but it's subtle, there is sweetness, but it's subtle, there is spice, but it's subtle, everything is in the background and hey, make no mistake, it is smooth. If you like flavourless, smooth whiskies you'll probably love this - if you have any sort of experience with cask strength bottlings then you'll want to avoid this like the plague.

What makes no sense to me is the 40%ABV and the chill-filtering, and probable addition of color - why do this to a 21 year old whisky? I feel like there is some potential here that could be unlocked if it was just given a bit of a kick up the arse ABV wise but instead its this really restrained, underwhelming product that just doesn't live up to its price tag in any meaningful way. I have said, for any whisky I have reviewed, to give it a try yourself as your palate may like it - I'm saying here to actively avoid this. There is so much better out there, especially at this price.

8th February 2020

Wonderful, though too expensive

I must declare this is one of my favorite whiskeys, ideal for any occasion from complementing a great dinner or celebrating an important event to any evening meditation or self-rewarding time. Extremely rewarding and easy to drink, doesn't burn , is smoothly and gently metabolized without leaving any headache nor other unpleasant effect. However, I am not sure it is worth its really high price, excellent alternatives being available for less money.

30th August 2019

Lovely

Very smooth, fruity with caramel, warming

16th June 2019

Worth a visit to the duty free

Big orange on the nose with a vanilla under current and a beautiful balance

11th March 2018

Top notch

Worth every penny! The pallet is full of superb fruit and it is very well balanced. if you can afford it then spend the money. I rank it with Signet and I hope they continue to make it.

9th August 2017

Wonderful

I love this, but at 2.5x the price of my "go to" indulgent dram (which is a Glenfiddich 18) where I live, I reckon I would be happier with 2.5 bottles of the G18.

26th July 2017

Excellent

Not found in Dubai duty fee

28th June 2017

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