1985 Taylor

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flash_uk
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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1985 Taylor

Post by flash_uk » 23:05 Fri 21 Mar 2014

Decanted 11 hours. 60% opacity, reddish-brown with nice gloopy legs. Nose had quite a mixture - fig to start, giving way to cherry fruit with a hint of tobacco and menthol behind it. In the mouth immediate heat, lacking structure...a little thin, heat gives way to some acidity mid palate then into a fruity spell - cherries and strawberry jam, with a reasonable finish. Overall, lacks structure and balance, needs to fill out a bit. Will try again in a while.

1.5hrs later. Not improving. Losing the fruit from the finish, VA in the finish. I think this is falling apart :-(

Not enjoying this really, so half a bottle stoppered and into the fridge. Perhaps some kind of miracle will bring this back to life tomorrow...

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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by CaliforniaBrad » 23:43 Fri 21 Mar 2014

flash_uk wrote:Decanted 11 hours. 60% opacity, reddish-brown with nice gloopy legs. Nose had quite a mixture - fig to start, giving way to cherry fruit with a hint of tobacco and menthol behind it. In the mouth immediate heat, lacking structure...a little thin, heat gives way to some acidity mid palate then into a fruity spell - cherries and strawberry jam, with a reasonable finish. Overall, lacks structure and balance, needs to fill out a bit. Will try again in a while.

1.5hrs later. Not improving. Losing the fruit from the finish, VA in the finish. I think this is falling apart :-(

Not enjoying this really, so half a bottle stoppered and into the fridge. Perhaps some kind of miracle will bring this back to life tomorrow...
Unfortunately pretty consistent with the few times I've had this. Not Taylor's greatest vintage, to be sure.


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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by DRT » 02:07 Sat 22 Mar 2014

This seems to be a bad bottle. Most of the T85 tasted by team :tpf: in the past two years have been very good. It is a Port that has taken a long time to show its true form and is generally excellent now.
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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by Glenn E. » 06:28 Sat 22 Mar 2014

I'd have to check my notes to be certain, but my recent examples have been in the very good range rather than the excellent range. I can't say that Flash's TN rings any bells, though, so that could very well be a bad bottle.
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flash_uk
Taylor Quinta de Vargellas 1987
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Re: 1985 Taylor

Post by flash_uk » 08:16 Sat 22 Mar 2014

Yes I agree a rogue bottle most likely. Another from the same batch was consumed recently and was very nice indeed. Which only serves to heighten the disappointment of finding this one as I did!

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