NV Calem 1989 and 1994 Blend

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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NV Calem 1989 and 1994 Blend

Post by jdaw1 » 02:55 Sun 04 Jan 2009

Am ‘emergency’ tasting, chez jdaw1, starting at 4:30pm Saturday 3rd January 2009. Links:

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Re: 1989½Â±4½ Cálem

Post by jdaw1 » 03:17 Sun 04 Jan 2009

So the 1985 Cálem was orange, and tasted too old. The 1994 was black, and too young. Both were very short. So we tried the 50:50 blend.

And the 1989½Â±4½ Cálem was so much better. Described by EricD as a ‟reserve vintage character”, it had far superior balance and length. Still very dark retaining most of the colour of the 1994 smooth and soft. Much longer than either component, with a hint of heat at the end. The best way to drink the Cálems.

Later the blend’s nose had acquired a hint of stink, though the taste still better than either constituent.

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Re: 1989½Â±4½ Cálem

Post by EricD » 18:08 Sun 04 Jan 2009

1989½Â±4½ Cálem: This was a stroke of genius on JDAW's part. The blending experiment was remarkably successful. Intense, rich fruit with a long finish, sweet and fruity. A bit of subtle smokiness on the finish, and Eric T suggested watermelon. The Cálem blend was my second favorite port of the evening, beat out only by the Fonseca 1970.

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Re: 1989½Â±4½ Cálem

Post by jdaw1 » 15:25 Thu 15 Jan 2009

1989½Â±4½ Cálem: the following day, with Eric D, all I wrote was ‟So much bigger than the pieces. And longer than the pieces.” I recall it being better on the first day, but even on the second a worthwhile blend. Eric D suggested buying both parts so that his house port could be the blend.

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