Another special finish from Balvenie. This time it’s:

  • 21yo Portwood (40%)

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 whilst preserving its original characteristics.

I got a sample for this one which was an older one then the currently sold Portwood which has a higher abv. being 47.6%.




Medium impact nose, fruity notes (banana, some dried fruits), sweet syrupy (wax, honey), spicy notes (cinnamon, pepper). Clearly some woody notes (oak) as well.


Smooth texture but a bit lighter then expected of a 21yo, sweetness (caramel, honey, raisins, dades) followed by some spicy notes. Very subtle flavours but nice balance in sweet, spice and tannines (maybe a bit too much).


Long finish but again with subtle flavours. Ending quite dry (tannic) and spicy.


Interesting dram with good balanced and very subtle flavours (maybe a bit too light?). Nothing is overpowering except the tannines maybe a bit. Port cask is recognizable and has different effect then sherry casks.

Still a bit pricy in my view.

Score = 84-86/100