Dow 1955 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Dow 1955 Vintage Port. Apologies if the notes are brief (or non-existent); they are mainly recorded for my benefit with public distribution being a secondary priority!

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The Notes

Tasting 1

Notes: Little bottle stink. Good.

Tasted at: TPF Christmas Tasting 2008

Date: 18th December 2008

Rated*: C

Tasting 2

Notes: Rosy coloured in the middle, fading to orange on the edge. Rich, expressive nose; quite excellent. Initially, in the mouth, rounded fruit. Some marmalade in the back of the mouth. Long after-taste with a little heat and black pepper at the end. Mature at the moment; everything has fallen into place.

Tasted at: “Bring a Bottle”

Date: 6th May 2011

Rated*: C

* A Note on Ratings

My rating system attempts to answer the question “is this a good Port?” one of three ways: N—No; P—Possibly; or C—Certainly. Ports generally are rated against others of their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port which I rate as C for Certainly good, might not be as good as a Vintage Port which receives the same rating. I sometimes modify my rating with a plus or minus indicating that the Port is better or worse than might be expected for this category.


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