DRT wrote:It has shown much better than it used to at a few recent tastings. I checked the TNs here yesterday. AHB consistently rates it in the 88/89 range with three bottles achieving 91/92. That isn't bad Port.
The Fonseca is undoubtedly better, but has gone weird. As for Graham, it is lovely but I have heard questions raised about its longevity and it doesn't score as highly as Fonseca at its best.
AHB and JDAW (and others, I think) have commented on the recent improvement in T85. It's not just me! (and it certainly isn't a unicorn, but don't tell the Yanks or they will buy it all and drive up the price).
"Isn't bad Port" doesn't warrant a comparison to either F85 or G85, and that's what I've been seeing from the Brit side of the pond. I'm perfectly willing to believe that the newt that was T85 has got better, but I cannot see how it is comparable to F85 or G85 even if those are both experiencing down phases.
Yes, technically, there are questions about G85's longevity. It might peak at 40 years instead of 50.
But it does score as high as F85 at their best, at least for some people. I'm one of them, and it has happened blind at least 3 times. One of those times I even thought I'd already identified G85 and scored it lower than F85 (which was easily identifiable), but I was wrong and my WOTN was in fact G85. T85 has never even been close.
For clarity, I like G85 better for drinking right now but I think F85 has a longer life ahead of it. And that's not just because I'll likely drink all of my G85 before both are fully mature.