Port Death Match

Port 10 Yr Tawnies

It’s not every day I have two bottles of 10-yr Tawny Port just hanging around waiting to get drunk. Better get comparising, etc. There can be only one…

The Incumbent: Taylor 10Yr Tawny Port. 20% Alc.  Bricking light magenta. Nose of raisins, currants, prunes, chocolate, sugar, cinnamon and licorice. Yum!!

Flavours in the mouth of fruitcake, raisins, baking spice, dark choc and coffee. Yum!!!

The Challenger: Ferreira 10Yr Tawny Port. 20% Alc. Bricking mid magenta. Bright ethanot lifted aromas, sherry notes, roses, vanilla, chocolate. Needs more time to open in the bottle. Some mint, and menthol too  (clearly a more intellectual port).

Fruity to taste, and lively. Vanilla, almond flavours. Stewed fruit at the front with prunes and figs in the mid-palate. A thinking-drinker port, this. Still, V. good.

I favour the Taylor by a shade, cos it is a familiar style. Alas the bottle is almost dry.

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