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Some of the usual suspects gathered at the White Horse in Newport, Essex for the traditional Port Forum Christmas gathering to which were brought the traditional ‘Unknown shippers and their peculiar friends’. Delights of the evening included the very fine fillet steaks, the sparkling company of Jo (pub manager), Mel (on duty for the evening) and Jane the chef.
Russet brown colour, 40% opaque. A fabulous orange nose with masses of marmalade leaping from the glass. The texture on the palate is delightful with a very fine set of flavours of orange and mango. This is full, rich and very flavoursome. The aftertaste is wonderful with some gentle heat but masses of flavour and a wonderful finish of apricots and burnt toast leading to a long — very long — sweet orange marmalade finish. Lovely port, typically Croft. Delightful, rich and sweet. 92/100. 21-Dec-17. Decanted ½ hour.