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The Balvenie PortWood 21 Years Old, Scotland


The price is rich even for the large majority of single-malt aficionados, but this is sumptuous, complex and very distinctive whisky. Brilliant, in fact. Time spent maturing in casks that once contained port wine has rounded out the deftly balanced 21-year-old. Flavour-wise, it covers a lot of ground, including malty sweetness, honey, buttered nuts, vanilla, toffee, whole-wheat bread and cinnamon. Superb harmony and length. Give me a dram of this, a warm fire and Cecil Taylor on vinyl and I'd be one mighty happy man. $241.95 in B.C., $192.59 in Manitoba, $261 in Quebec.

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Beppi Crosariol writes about wine and spirits in the Globe Life and Style sections.He has been The Globe's wine and spirits columnist for more than 10 years. In the late 1990s, he also wrote a food trends column called The Biting Edge.Beppi used to cover business law for ROB and previously edited the paper's weekly technology section. More


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