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Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port
September 12, 2009, 8:24 am
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In uncertain and trying times, one has a tendency to revert back to tried and true personal favourites as sources of familiar comfort. Some would call dessert wines the lighter weight and more “childish” members of the wine family, but I love port for its sweetness and, when done well, its complexity and maturity.

So I opened my Taylor’s 10 Year Old Tawny. A typical brownish red, although clearer and fairer then most other port I have tried, which includes the Graham’s 10 Year Old Tawny Port. It is more direct and less subtle than its equivalent. Its brighter colour belies its sharper, edgier taste in comparison to the Graham’s version I had before, which is the best port I had so far, period.

This port is a strong contender to the Graham’s. Despite being more direct and less subtle, it retains its mature character, and the aftertaste lingers in my palate. The sense of fruit and jam remains for a while after initial tasting, which combines nicely with a nuttiness that characterises mature ports. Overall, it is coherent and the real draw is in the finishing, which hints of oak and apricot. This will go down very well with dark chocolates.

The port should change subtlely over the next 3 weeks. I am quite excited and looking forward to experiencing surprises.


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