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Warre Porto Bottle Matured Late Bottled Vintage 1999

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Vintage: 1999
Type: Port – Bottle Matured Late Bottled Vintage
Country: Portugal – Douro

A very nice LBV at a decent price.  Full of sweet plums, vanilla and price with a long finish.

N.V. Offley Porto Rosé Porto

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Vintage: Non Vintage
Type: Rose Port
Country: Portugal- Douro- Porto

This is a straight forward pink port that I picked up in the Waitrose Wine Hall. Served chilled between 10-12 degrees Celcius and it releases its fruity aromas. Try drinking this in the early afternoon when it is hot outside, maybe while snacking on honey roasted peanuts. This could easily replace a Pimm’s when you are enjoying the sunshine in your back garden … because everyone has a sunny back garden in Central London, right?

Technical Analysis


Clear medium pink.


Clean, strawberry aromas.


Sweet. Medium acidity and medium body. Low tannin. Flavour characteristics of strawberry. Medium finish.



Fonseca Porto Vintage Quinta do Panascal 2008

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Vintage: 2008
Type: Port – Single Quinta Port (semi-Vintage)
Country: Portugal – Douro

Blackcurrant fruit with a nice spiciness and some prune richness. The palate is thick & spicy with rich blackcurrant and blackberry fruit and good tannins. A superb port.

Quinta do Noval Porto Noval Black NV

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

Quinta do Noval Porto Noval Black 002

Ink black. meant to be served chilled, but tastes excellent at room temperature. Full flavours of blackberries and prunes. Great value for money and an excellent LBV styled port.

Sandeman Imperial Tawny Port

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This tawny port is quite nice, despite being a younger port.  The fruit flavours a well developed, though I find that younger tawny’s taste less refined and elegant.  It is a good drinking tawny, and certainly good value for money.  Personally, when I have the chance to drink port I prefer a tawny with more panache.

Taylor 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This tawny port is exceptional.  A great heady nose of dried fruits and nuts, caramel and  incredible legs.  The flavours are smooth and refined with a finish that seems to last forever.  One of the best 20yr Tawny’s on the market!

Fonseca 20 Year Old Tawny Port

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

This is a great Tawny port.  Full of sweet nuts and dried fruits and a great viscosity that creates legs that seem to never end.  I find that this tawny is a bit softer and subtle compared to the Taylor’s 20, but it is still exceptional.  The only thing that makes me sad about this port is that it is hard to find in the UK!

Taylor’s Chip Dry

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Vintage: Non vintage
Type: White Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

Taylor’s Chip Dry is a dry white port, I enjoy it with a slice of lemon and some tonic water. It’s quite dry (hint in the name) though it is light and refreshing with sweet citrus flavours. Great for hot summer days as an aperitif.

Offley Porto Barrão de Forrester Colheita 1994

Friday, October 15th, 2010

Vintage: 1994
Type: Tawny Port – Colheita
Country: Portugal – Douro

This Colheita was very good. A Tawny port made from a single vintage year and set to age for a period of time — in this case 15 years. As to be expected, it falls between a 10 and 20 year old tawny in terms of flavours and complexity. Full of dried fruit and nutty flavours with hints of caramel. Overall quite smooth a good finish.

Cálem Tawny 10 Year Port

Sunday, October 10th, 2010

Vintage: Non-Vintage
Type: Tawny Port
Country: Portugal – Douro

Overall, a nice Tawny with good flavours of dried fruits and nuts. I found that the complexity was a bit lacking, though I did try it at the same time as a few exceptional 20-year olds and a great Colheita. If you like your Tawny you’ll enjoy this.