Representing 1 in every 5 bottles of Port bought in the UK, Late Bottle Vintage is a very popular choice among Port drinkers. This is perhaps due to the style - it is a very approachable drink and often represents great value. Aged in wood for 4-6 years, it has a lot to offer in the way of flavour and is ready to drink as soon as it is bottled. Taylors were one of the first producers to release an LBV into the market, and as a result they are seen to be the Bench Mark in the category.
As white Port is becoming more well known it is also increasing in popularity. Generally used as an aperitif or alongside a some olives or a bowl of nuts, it can also be used in a range of cocktails. Added to tonic with lots of ice and some lemon, it is a delicious summer drink. Taylors created their Chip Dry in 1934, it is fermented for a little longer than usual which gives i…
Taylor’s family made a premium 10 year old Tawny Port. This style of Port is fully matured in oak barrels (630 litres each) and is a mix of vintages with at least 10 years of barrel ageing.
The Port is aged in Oporto cellars. During the ageing process, the wine develops the characteristic amber ‘tawny’ colour as well as the complex, delicate flavours and the smooth, luscious palate.
Used as a mark of quality, the depiction of the six grapes on this bottle assures the buyer that this is an elegant Port with a great deal of finesse. Having won numerous medals and accolades over the last two decades, this has been compared to Grahams Vintage Ports with a younger and more vibrant style. Grahams describe this as "An everyday Port for the Vintage Port drinker".
Single Quinta ports are made using grapes from a single vineyard, and are designed to drink much younger than standard vintage ports - as soon as 10 years after bottling. Generally produced in years where the grapes are not deemed suitable for top vintages, single Quinta ports are becoming more popular, and it has been said they may have the potential to rival vintage ports in …
In 2002 Fonseca created Terra Prima, the first port to be made entirely using organic grapes. Full of dark fruits on the nose, intense flavours and just the right amount of acidity on the palate, this is a great port that would perfectly finish off a decadent meal. This received a Commendation in the 2016 Decanter World Wine Awards!
Tawny Ports are aged in casks, where they loose their initial ruby red colour and take on the colouring from the wood giving them their amber hue. This 10 year old tawny from Fonseca has become smooth and mellow over the ageing process, with hints of raisin and a definite nuttiness on the palate. The finish is long and elegant, this will be great alongside a variety of cheeses.
Having done all of its ageing in the cask, Fonseca Bin 27 is ready to drink as soon as it is bottled. The characteristics are similar to those of a vintage Port, at a fraction of the cost. Flavours of intense rich fruit are prominent, combined with a delicate touch of spice on the finish, delicious.
When it comes to the production, this could be considered as a relatively simple Port. This however doesnt mean it is any less enjoyable to drink! Aged for only 2 years in oak casks and steel vats, this can be compared to a Late Bottle Vintage Port. It is incredibly easy to drink and when paired with dark chocolate is a real treat indeed.
This Madeira is a velvety dark brown colour, with an intensity of flavour to match. Its full-bodied and packed with luscious fragrant fruits. This is best paired with an indulgent desert, or a savoury cheese. Delicious.
This is a great all-rounder, its medium dry so can be matched to a range of occasions. Theres a lively fruitiness on the nose, with nuts and dried fruit coming through on the palate, all topped off with a delicious finish.
The Verdelho grape produces a medium-dry Madeira. The 15 year old is a beautiful dark gold colour, and has lots of fruit and hints of wood on the nose. The palate offers dried fruits with notes of honey and chocolate, with a long finish.
Taking the second sweetest grape variety used in Madeira (Bual), and ageing for 15 years creates a luscious and intense wine, full of complex aromas and flavours of dried fruits. This is a full bodied Madeira, with an excellent balance of acidity and sweetness, topped off with a deliciously lengthy finish.
A superb Sweet Oloroso or Cream Sherry.
An elegant blend of Palomino and Pedro Ximénez before entering the Criaderas y Soleras system for ageing through oxidation in oak casks. Aged for at least six years.
Tasting notes: Sweet Oloroso. Mahogany colour and aromas of dried nuts with a hint of raisins and brown sugar. Smooth, velvety palate with warm alcohol flavours and a long finish. Gold Medal (San Francisco International Wine Competition 2015)
It can be consumed very cold by itself and with desserts, or on ice as a refreshing drink.
This is a medium sweet Sherry from Williams and Humbert, made from a combination of Palomino and Pedro Ximenez grapes. Aged for at least 6 years, it is slightly sweetened during this process making it more versatile in that it can be matched with food rather than being enjoyed purely as a drink - light pasta dishes will work very well.
Described as being half way between an Oloroso and an Amontillado, the Dos Cortados Solera from Williams and Humbert is aged for an average of 20 years producing a deep and rich flavour, balanced with the perfect level of acidity. This will be delicious with a variety of cheeses such as Cheddar and Gruyere, or equally so on its own after a meal.
With a definite nutty, yeasty flavour Tio Pepe from En Rama is the perfect wine to have as an aperitif alongside olives, oily fish and nuts such as almonds. The flavour is complex with notes of citrus, lemon and orange alongside the nuttiness. This is the 10th release of this wine and master blender Antonio Flores states that it is 'the definition of perfect harmony'.
Legacy is light and delicate, true to traditional Tomatin style. However the introduction of Virgin Oak casks into the mix offers a new dimension with a vibrant and enticing sweetness.
A classic Speyside single malt, matured in a combination of oak ex-bourbon casks and ex-sherry butts for a minimum of 10 years. Welcoming, vibrant and rewarding.
Still a great value for money blended Scotch that may have changed since its heyday when it was a blend with all 7 Islay malts at the heart of the blend but its current 2013 stylish retro repackaging and new recipe with Bunnahabhain at the heart of the blend still has a lovely touch of smoke as well as some floral honey and dried fruit.
One of the best known and most reliable value for money blends out there. Triple distilled with a high percentage of Oloroso Sherry cask matured Whiskey in the blend of malt and grain from the Bushmills distillery. An Irish classic that delivers plenty of flavour much beyond its price point.