Whisky Review: Balvenie Portwood 21
Thank you dear r/ScotchSwap (RIP) member who send me this, at least 7 years ago. I’m just now getting around to reviewing it, and it has a couple things I like — Balvenie, a solid distiller, and owned by Family company William Grant & Sons, and a port pipe finish.
- Color: tawney (1.4)
- Nose: marmalade, orange and lemon zest, damp earth, a little alcohol
- Taste: oily and light, cake, cream, elderberry, and dry port
- Finish: long, peychaud’s aromatic bitters and lime
This is tasty but one-dimensional, with no layering of flavours, or new notes really hiding from smell to taste to finish. I’ve heard there’s a higher-proof 47% version out there, but I don’t know if it would make much of a difference.
If I were to purchase this in my local, it would cost me about $210; I don’t think I’d be a buyer at that price.