This was indeed a sample from the Tappit Hen
that had been opened the previous week.
Mature appearance, slight bricking on the rim; 40% opaque. A touch smelly and alcoholic on the nose, not particularly attractive. Nice texture, but a little hollow on entry, somewhat lacking in fruit but with a reasonable structure. Air and work on the palate released an attractive cranberry - dry, spicy and with generous Christmas cake. A slight harsh burst on the aftertaste, then a long and dry finish. Still a fine wine (from a Tappit Hen opened 6 days previously but kept at cool cellar temperature). 90/100. Drunk 26-Feb-13. Decanted 6 days.
Top Ports in 2022: Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port. I cried with joy.
2023: Fonseca 1966. There are not many better Ports, except a good bottle of Fonseca 1927. Wow!