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Taylor Fladgate Historical Reserve Tawny The Mallettext

Taylor Fladgate Historical Reserve Tawny The Mallet NV

Douro Valley, Northern Portugal, PortugalThe Mallet joins the Taylor Fladgate Historic Limited Edition series, a collection of specially blended cask-aged Ports presented in bottles inspired by historic bottle moulds. Throughout the 17th and 18th centuries, the shape of the wine bottle continuously evolved from the squat globular form of early glass vessels, used to convey wine from the wine merchant’s cask to the consumer’s table, into the tall cylindrical shape of today’s bottles in which wine can be cellared and aged. The Historic Limited Edition series represents different stages in this evolution. The latest addition to the series is a bottle moulded in a distinctive ‘mallet’ shape which became established in England by the 1730s. It represents the transition from the early ‘onion’ bottle to the straight-sided ‘cylinder’ shape, similar to modern bottles, which emerged around 1750. Look for a darkish red/brown colour that goes brick red at the edge. Old Tawny is always harmonious. In this case, it is a rich harmony. Still, maturity and complexity play an equally important role, binding the butterscotch, the caramel, the spice, the toffee, the reserved fruit and frankly, the history. Drink or hold, but mainly contemplate.Tasted: 30 September 2022Tasted by: Anthony GismondiPrices:
Producer: Taylor Fladgate PartnershipDistributors: Pacific Wine & Spirits Inc.
Blend: Tinta Roriz - Tinta Barroca - Touriga Franca - Touriga NacionalCSPC: 402102UPC: 5013626116432