Whisky Review: Balvenie Portwood 21

Balvenie Portwood 21 Yr / 43%

Tasted neat

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.

Rating: 81/100

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Elliott

Elliott

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Personal interests in literature, SF, and whisky/whiskey/scotch, Software Engineer by Trade