Taylors 1968 Very Old Single Harvest Port is the 5th release in a series of limited edition Tawny Ports released by Taylors when they are 50 years old and would make woulld make a fantastic 50th birthday or anniversary gift in 2018.
Taylors Port have one of the largest holdings of very old cask aged Ports in the Douro. These old Ports are single vintage Ports aged in seasoned oak casks, that is they are single vintage Tawny Ports (which are also known as “Colheita” Ports). Taylors first started releasing some of these older Tawny Port was limited editions when they were 50 years old in 2014 with the 1964 Vintage. 1968 was not a declared vintage for Vintage Port “proper”, so there are no vintage Ports from 1968. There were a few Single Quinta Ports bottled from 1968, Graham’s released their Quinta dos Malvedos for example, but 50 year old Ports will now be few and far between.
Taylors 1968 Very Old Single Harvest Port is made from grapes harvested in 1968 and the Port has spent many years quietly ageing away in oak cask in Taylors cellars. This long period of oak ageing gives this Port its characteristic amber / tawny colour, smooth palate, complex, mellow flavours and rich aromas of dried fruits, nutty character and caramel nuances. As this will only have been bottled recently the Port will not need decanting (it will have been filtered at bottling) and is ready to drink.
The bottle is presented in the classic frosted Taylors Port bottle, in a high quality beech wood box and there are only a very limited number of bottles available worldwide. Taylor’s Managing Director, Adrian Bridge, comments “A 50th birthday or anniversary is a landmark occasion. Taylor’s Single Harvest Ports offer a unique opportunity to celebrate with an extraordinary 50 year old wine in perfect condition.”
The 1968 is a perfect follow-up to their outstanding 1967, it is superb now but also has plenty of life ahead.
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April 2nd – Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey premiered in Washington DC
November 22nd – The Beatles released The White Album
If Port isn’t your thing, don’t forget to check out 50 year old Vintage Armagnac.