I have been a big fan of Balvenie’s Portwood for a long time. It’s another one of those drams that really showcases the versatility of Balvenie’s honeyed house style in a variety of finishes. After maturing in ex-bourbon casks for 21 years, the whisky is transferred to port pipes for a finishing period before bottling. The US version is bottled at 43% compared to a 40% global release though I have recently acquired the non-chill filtered version from a duty free shop. You know, for science.
In any case, let’s find out why I love this stuff so much.
|Nose||Deep and rich, red grapes, honey, layers of oak, slight nuttiness, leafy, hint of clove, mango? in the background, orange peel.|
|Taste||Prunes, woody, citrus, red berries, orange, a bit floral, oaky vanilla, baked apples, hints of wine notes|
|Finish||Stewed fruits, fresh mint, nutmeg, milk chocolate, almond. Wines notes and typical Balvenie honey remain for quite some time.|
|Overall Thoughts||It's a grown up Balvenie without the wood-dominance that comes from the super aged expressions. This allows the sweetness and fruit to really shine through. A fantastic expression that shows some age while maintaining a certain level of softness and refinement.|