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Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Taylor's 20 Year Old Tawny Port

A tawny port from Taylor's

Aged tawny port is aged in barrel for 10, 20 or more years before being released ready to drink.
This 20yo tawny was bottled in 2010 and so its origins date back to the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, Nelson Mandela's release from prison and Margaret Thatcher's resignation as Prime Minister.
A mahogany-topaz in colour, it has a complex nose of dried red fruits, roasted red bell peppers, eucalyptus and roasted nuts.
Warming, cooked red fruits, roasted hazelnuts and eucalyptus; complex sweetness mixed with poised freshness, alcoholic strength and dense, savoury concentration.
No longer youthful and fleshy, it has the harmonious mellowness of age but with a firm, substantial muscularity beneath it, a hint of purposefulness behind twinkly blue eyes.
Very Good.
Match with mature hard yellow cheeses, a chocolate tart or a cigar.
£38 from Waitrose, Harrods and Selfridges; provided for review.
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