Another thoroughly enjoyable
tasting with some stunning wines, many consistently good and only three duffers, all of which were unusual for their vintage
David Guimaraens maintained his reputation as a highly entertaining and informative guest. A big thanks must go to Tom, Julian and Alex who supplied the bulk of the wines and all of the all of the oldies, and also to others who released smaller contributions from their cellars or significant contributions from their wallets in order to help make this happen.
My personal favourites were the 1948, 1945 and 1920. These wines are up there with the best mature vintage ports I have had the privilege to taste. It was a real treat to taste the 1920 for the first time and is an experience I hope to repeat one day. As JDAW rightly pointed out on the night, the 1924 suffered from following the 1920. Tasted alone or without the 1920 on show this wine probably would have gained more votes and is certainly worth re-visiting.
All of the other classic vintages performed to their usual high standard, apart from the slightly corked 1977 and the inexplicably weird 1927. One to note was the TV76, which was fully mature and very nice for everyday drinking. If you find this at a reasonable price it is worth considering a case or two as house port. Unfortunately, the usual Taylor premium pricing might rule out that possibility.
My own contribution, the TV65, was unusually sweet and a little darker than other bottles I have had. That said, it has ensured my continued existence for a further 12 months so it served its intended purpose
Thanks again to all.