Taylor 1985 Vintage Port: Tasting Notes

This page provides an overview of my notes on the Taylor 1985 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: Deep purple. Slight cherry colour on edge. Red currants on the nose. Cherries, too. In the mouth, good fruit which falls away quite quickly to a little astringency but is followed by a short but elegant after-taste. Much better than its reputation has it to be: a very nice Port.

Tasted at: “Bring a bottle tasting”, TCP

Date: 3rd April 2011

Rated*: C

Tasting 2

Notes: Red cherries on the nose, with some of the other primary fruit remaining. Perhaps a touch spirity, though, In the mouth, still good fruit with a slight astringency and a pleasing short aftertaste.

Tasted at: Big Fortified Tasting, London

Date: 7th April 2011

Rated*: C

Tasting 3

Notes: Too austere.

Tasted at: Berry Bros

Date: 1st December 2011

Rated*: P+

Tasting 4

No notes recorded.

Tasted at: Stag Party

Date: 13th April 2019

No rating.

* 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 weighted slightly by their category. Therefore, a Ruby Port might receive a C rating for Certainly good which it might not were it to be a Vintage Port. 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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