1858 Hatch Mansfield

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jdaw1
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1858 Hatch Mansfield

Post by jdaw1 » 12:52 Sat 21 Dec 2013

On Thursday 19th December 2013 a subset of the obvious suspects gathered at The Bell in Wendens Ambo to taste old, peculiar and unknown bottles.

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Re: 1858 Hatch Mansfield

Post by AHB » 22:23 Sun 22 Dec 2013

Described on the label as ""Matured in Wood"". From the age of the bottle, I would estimate this to have been bottled in the early 1900s.

Golden amber colour, with a straw coloured rim. Gentle floral perfume and a little VA. Dry palate, little fruit and lots of pine resin, birch sap and grapefruit skins. Powerful grapefruit bitterness and rosemary, which I have learned are signs of an ancient port. Dry rosemary and bitter grapefruit on the modest volume but lengthy finish. 83/100. Decanted 2 hours.
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Re: 1858 Hatch Mansfield

Post by RAYC » 23:36 Sun 22 Dec 2013

Quite remarkable freshness, lovely dry citric flavour profile - nice balance to this port even if does not show particular complexity. Lovely - 89
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Re: 1858 Hatch Mansfield

Post by jdaw1 » 17:28 Sat 31 May 2014

‘HM’58. Colour apricot, 15% opaque. Palate soft, with marmalade, but dried out. (Would have been better most of a century before.)

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