NV Sandeman 20YO Tawny

Tasting notes for individual Ports, with an index sorted by vintage and alphabetically.
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djewesbury
Graham’s 1970
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NV Sandeman 20YO Tawny

Post by djewesbury » 13:01 Sat 12 Apr 2014

I was asked to organise a Port tasting by the Northern Ireland Wine & Spirits Institute, and decided that it would be worthwhile to taste some wood-aged categories that are harder to find in Ireland. So, after much research and many, many emails, we ended up with the following line-up (supplier in brackets):
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Re: NV Sandeman 20YR Tawny

Post by djewesbury » 13:31 Sat 12 Apr 2014

Lovely colour, a deep peachy-orange, with a tinge of salmon around the edge. In the nose it has light spiciness and soft-fleshed fruit - I thought it was like spiced plums with clove and cinnamon, and a good dose of cedar too. In the mouth, the soft fruit grows from a juicy entry to a big mid-palate, with heat entering in the long, lingering finish. Seville orange liqueur notes carry on through the the finish. Very satisfying, the sweetness is carried with a neat, clean acidity that keeps this fresh and light. Very good 20YO.
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Re: NV Sandeman 20YR Tawny

Post by flash_uk » 14:08 Sat 12 Apr 2014

20% opacity, orange-brown sunset. More subdued nose, but consistently vanilla and some burnt orange. In the mouth, less balance and structure, feels fiery. Treacle to start then quick to some acidity.

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