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The Balvenie 21yr (Port Wood)

05 Jul

Whisky Details

Country: Scotland
Region: Speyside
Distillery: The Balvenie
Bottler: The Balvenie
Years Matured: 21
Style: Single Malt
Alcohol:  43.0%
Price: $$$

Tasting Notes

Appearance: auburn
Nose: fruitcake, rasins,oranges, nutty, sponge cake, port
Body: rich, oily
Palate: sweet, honey, sweet cream, nutty, winey
Finish:  long, pencils, emphatic

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Final Thoughts

I am finding myself really enjoying The Balvenie portfolio and this malt is no exception.  I do have to admit I was a bit apprehensive about purchasing a 21yr old finished in port wine casks but at the same time was eager to experience something other than sherry or burbon aged malts.  Luckily I am very impressed with this complex bottling.

This scotch is complex and the  nose is tame so be sure to use the full rnage of distances from the glass to get the full effect.  Fruity, winey, and woody notes are all well represented and in balance.  The body is oily and coats the tounge perfectly without hardly any effort.  The palate matches the nose but the focus here is clearly on the sweet, dry portugeese wine which lent its character during the aging process.  The finish is huge at first then becomes dry and woody as it tapers off.  The finish is very long and stuck with me for at least an hour.

Grade: A (94)

 

The Balvenie 10yr (Founders Reserve)

05 Jul

Whisky Details

Country: Scotland
Region: Highland
Distillery: The Balvenie
Bottler: The Balvenie
Years Matured: 10
Style: Single Malt
Alcohol:  43.0%
Price: $

Tasting Notes

Appearance: light gold
Nose: honey, white ziffendal, fruit salad, vanilla
Body: light to medium
Palate: immedatly hot, mead, dry, chaff-like, iron tonic, spicy
Finish:  dry, husky, slight peat, spicy, sweet woody notes linger

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Final Thoughts

A solid young highland malt.  In an industry where the use of commercial maltings are common place there is something to be said about those who malt their own barely.  Balvenie has a strong tradition of such practices and their additional effort does not go unnoticed.

This malt, while younger, shows some real style.  The nose is extremely hot and I recommend a little water to kill the prickle.  Once mellowed, feinty, and fruit notes are prevalent.  Warming with the hand brings out a surprising amount of vanilla for such a young malt.  The palate is reminiscent of dry mead with a spash of iron tonic.  Wrapping things up is a great cereal finish with lingering spice and fleeting notes of peat.  Overall a profound expression from a young malt and historic distillery.

Grade: B+ (88)