Young reserve ruby port should be bursting with fruit, eucalyptus, sweetness and alcohol.
This Taylor's First Estate, a blend of reserve ports, has all that youthful exuberance, but also a hint of something more complex and aged; some leather and cigarbox on the nose, a savouriness on the palate and a mellowness about it.
Ripe dark berry fruits, cassis, eucalyptus, cooked mixed fruit and warming spice - sweetness, freshness and savoury persistence.
Like Christmas cake laced with cough mixture - in a good way. An excellent entry-level port.
A dessert in its own right, match with chocolate and cherry torte - or dark chocolate.
£12, widely available; provided for review.
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