1985 Taylor

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1985 Taylor

Post by jdaw1 » 10:04 Thu 07 Mar 2013

AHB was in town, and asked for company at The Bung Hole at a small blind tasting. DRT was in town, without port, so JDAW brought one for each. Later in the evening, we were randomly joined by two port novices, so a 10Y Otima was bought for comparative purposes.

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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by jdaw1 » 10:28 Thu 07 Mar 2013

T85, decanted 2pm that day. Red-red-pink, 65% opaque. Nose had very dark fruit and tannins. Taste started with some heat, then long consistent dark-fruited long port. Very long. But a touch lighter than perfect. Wonderful balance and length, but not weight.

DRT noted a ‟slight bitterness in the mid-palate”.

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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by AHB » 16:55 Thu 07 Mar 2013

Full of small fine particles, but attractive; firm red in colour; pale rim - perhaps 50% opaque. Fragrant on the nose, smelling of rhubarb sweetened with brown sugar - a lovely combination of sweet fruit and sharp acidity; swirling releases a lovely peppery tone. Lovely texture on entry; sweet fruit, medium bodied and an interesting smokiness. Slightly harsh or hot aftertaste and then a lingering licorice root finish. Very enjoyable port. (Served blind this was guessed to be Taylor 1980.) 88/100.
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