Taylor’s Quinta de Terra Feita Vintage Port, 1999

A little wet earth aroma and some Ribena!  Some alcohol comes off immediately with some herbal – rosemary and mint – emerging too.  The palate is a bit meaty, quite sweet, but with lots of earthy elements and a gutsy, spicy, leather flavour.  It is rich, with gutsy tannin, but is very nice with a savoury finish.  86pts (June 2011)

Taylor’s 40 Year Old Tawny Port

A lot of dark, liquorice aromas with some caramel and raisin. Cocoa and toffee and some lovely sweet tobacco.  The palate is fat, globular and spicy.  Very little balance and a lot of alcohol heat. There is a spice flavour there and the finish is sweet and clean but it is just lacking in any grace and is, really, a ‘bang for your bucks’ wine, and at a hundred pounds a bottle, that is a lot of bucks. 85pts (Dec 2011)