Bargain 40-year-old tawny Port: £35 from Aldi. Quite consistently brown, fading a touch to the edge. Quite muted nose. Distant caramel. Also, maybe, some coffee. Perhaps something tropical too? Initial tasting is quite sweet with a very large amount of acidity. Minimal fruits, perhaps even a bit spirity. But this soon passes as the aftertaste is long with oranges, caramel and perhaps even some caramalised nuts. Just what you would expect from a 40-year-old. At half the price of the next cheapest, this is extremely good value. Would be really interesting to try this blind against some 20-year-olds which are in the same price point!
Date: 6th December 2020
http://www.jacob-head.com/port/records/ ... -Old-Tawny
* A Note on Ratings
My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.
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