Balvenie Port Wood Single Malt Scotch Whisky 21 year old
The Balvenie is a traditional Scottish distillery located in Dufftown on Speyside. The company still grows their own barley and keeps faith with a traditional malting floor, the last of its kind in the Scottish Highlands. Their resident coppersmith maintains the stills and a team of coopers ensures each barrel is in perfect condition. The Balvenie's Malt Master David Stewart presides over every aspect of the maturation process. He crafts a range of single malts where each expression is unique, but all are rich, luxuriously smooth and underpinned by a distinctive honeyed character. Understanding his craft like few others, David uses different cask types and ages of spirit, to develop exquisite, new interpretations of The Balvenie's classic character.
To create The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years, a marriage of rare Balvenie is transferred to port casks, or pipes, which have held fine port wines. Here it is sampled regularly by The Balvenie Malt Master to ensure that just the right amount of character is imparted by the port casks, enhancing and developing the single malt while preserving its original characteristics. The Balvenie PortWood Aged 21 Years is non chill-filtered and bottled at 43% abv. Look for a perfume of fruity and ripe raisin notes, backed by a nutty dryness. The palate is refined with remarkable character, it is creamy and silky with fruit, honey and spice notes and the finish is long, gentle, nutty.
|Category||Single Malt Scotch|
|Region||United Kingdom, Scotland, Speyside|
Whisky AdvocateThis is the ultimate PortWood expression from Balvenie and has been finished in 30 year old port pipes. A more vibrant and textured Travel Retail variant is non-chill filtered and bottled at 47.6%. Soft, red grape notes, vanilla, and milk chocolate on the nutty nose. Very discreet smoke. Rich plum flavors in the mouth, dark berries covered in cream, and spicy honey. The finish is long and elegantly drying. (Spring 2017) Reviewed by: Gavin Smith