The Balvenie Distillery has been owned and managed by the same independent family company for five generations. Nowhere else will you find a distillery that still grows its own barley and still employs a team of coopers to tend all the casks.
To create The Balvenie PortWood 21 year old single malt whisky, a marriage of carefully selected reserves of Balvenie are 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.
A perfume of ripe raisin notes and fruit skins is backed by a dryness with hints of almonds and walnuts. To taste, it is silky with fruit, syrupy honey sweetness, leather oak tannins and notes of ginger and cinnamon. It's finish is long, gentle and nutty.