A great privilege to be able to try this tawny Port, dating back to the 1850s. Taylor’s have acquired two pipes of it (a pipe is 600 litres, but with an older wine like this the barrels won’t be full), and are releasing it this December, at a price tag of £2500 a bottle. It’s a lot of money, but this is so old it’s pre-Phylloxera. It’s a bit of history.
The sample I was sent was interesting. A test-tube containing a tasting measure, in a special wooden box. With oxidative wines such as tawny you can do this – it wouldn’t work with normal table wines.
Taylor’s Scion Tawny Port
Slightly murky brown with a paler, yellowish rim. Really complex warm, spicy nose with notes of old furniture, casks, crystalline fruits, raisins and tar. Concentrated, dense palate with warm, spicy, nutty flavours and really high acidity. Everything has concentrated up through the long ageing process, including the acidity, which helps keep this lively and spicy, with an eternal finish. Brilliant stuff. 96/100