Bottled by J Lovibond of Greenwich. A lovely mature reddish-brown colour, 70% opaque. A delicious nose of spiced black cherry; warm, rich and spicy, full of ground pepper and snuff. Wow! A brilliant nose, much brighter and sharper than the Taylor, the Taylor being much sweeter smelling. A balanced palate, rather drier than the Taylor but with great complexity and freshness. Some dryness on the palate, but this is adequately compensated for by the complexity coming from the nutmeg, mace and cloves. A dry finish, combining lovely sour cherry and bitters. Wonderfully fragrant, albeit dry. Lingering licorice root stays in the mouth for quite a while. Long and fragrant, lovely port. 94/100.
Top Ports in 2019: Niepoort VV (1960s bottling) and Quinta do Noval Nacional 2017
Top Ports in 2020 (so far): Croft 1945 and Niepoort VV (1960s bottling)