KL70 (‘New Guest’, though brought by JDAW). Failed to note colour, but recalled to be red-red-brown, 40%. Mid weight, with Maynards wine gums (AHB further specifying the red ones). It has lost weight and complexity since last tasted. Fair enough: a lower-tier shipper’s second name is still good into its fifth decade, just not as good as it was. Most guesses were of 83s or 85s.
Kopke. Mature red in appearance, 70% opaque. Slightly smelly on the nose with a bit of bottle stink that is difficult to get past. Little on the early palate, but the mid-palate is full of fruit and red jelly beans. Youthful and vibrant on the late palate. Big, young and tasty finish of good length. Lovely charcoal flavours. This is delicious mid-quality port that could do with a little more time. Served blind, this was guessed to be Taylor 1970. 87/100. 2 hour decant.
Top Ports in 2022: Quinta do Noval Nacional 1931. I have never drunk such a wonderful bottle of Port. I cried with joy.
2023: Fonseca 1966. There are not many better Ports.
Very light and slightly dusty nose with some harsh alcohol. Much better on the palate which shows some dried fig, raisin, white chocolate and tea. Some sweet, slightly confected, red fruit as well. Finishes dry with some bitter almonds. A pleasant and light port, that gives the impression of gently being on its way down.