The Balvenie Portwood gets its name from being first matured in traditional oak casks. It is then transferred to a port cask, which has previously held fine port wines.

Nose: Quite floral, hint of hazelnut and vanilla.

Mouth: Full bodied, but delicate and smooth.

Finish: Very long and dry, like a good cigar.

Although a bit expensive, this malt is now one of my favourites. It had all the qualities of the Balvenie 12 DoubleWood, but improved overall. I picked this one up in duty-free, which made the price much more reasonable. This malt is a definite must for any Speyside lover.

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