Balvenie 21yr Port Wood

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Balvenie 21yr Port Wood

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Total Wine: $199.99

Spec’s: 209.86

The nose is light and refined, with a scent that is both fruity and nutty, endowing it with a certain dry tartness. It’s also musty and earthy, not unsurprising when one considers this is old whiskey finished in hoary Port wood.

It’s the musty, woody aspects that predominate on the palate. Unlike so many earthy whiskeys, however, that side is not overpowering. There is a little bit of the ancient tawny red fruit flavor there, and the same dry nuttiness from the nose. Rounding things out is a pinch of spice. The finish is a delight: warm, clear, lingering, leaving a slight nutty aftertaste.

The Balvenie Portwood is first and foremost a delicate, well-balanced spirit. Insofar as sipping whiskey goes, it’s not the sort of thing you sip and enjoy while your mind wanders on other matters. The Portwood is the sort of thing you sip, and then ponder on how it got such a profound texture. It practically whispers “study me” from the snifter.

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