1896 Croft

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AHB
Quinta do Noval Nacional 1962
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1896 Croft

Post by AHB » 00:52 Sun 06 Jul 2008

20 minutes after decanting this port had an orange centre with a pale and watery rim. Butterscotch and mandarins were on the attractive nose. Dry on entry with not a great deal of fruit but a biting pepperiness. This thickened up in the mouth and developed hints of black licorice. The aftertaste of wood and pencil shavings lasted a long time. Impressive for its age, but drying out slowly. 6/5 or 87/100.

6 hours after decanting this had developed a nose of pure mandarin juice. It still showed lovely pepper and tobacco in the mouth and had a vicious end-palate acidity and lots of aniseed. Holding together very well and very pleasant to drink. 87/100. Drunk 9 February 2008.

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Croft 1896

Post by jdaw1 » 23:34 Fri 18 Jul 2008

Croft 1896: hot to the nose, with mandarin + pineapple. Lovely. “Fig” said MJB. In the mouth light, soft, mandarin, with good non-heavy length. “Spciy” said AHB, RS adding “and tobacco”. Airtime made the finish hotter: drink up. 4/3. 

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