1964 Taylor's Very Old Single Harvest Port, Limited Edition

Dried fruits, sweet spice and nutty flavours are the hallmarks of this supple, velvety style of vintage port. Aged mahogany-brown in colour with a sweet, warm nose of raisins, figs and cooked red fruits, vanilla and cinnamon spice and a complex array of nutty characters. In spite of the age, there is freshness to the velvety-soft palate and wonderful intensity to its sweet, rich flavours – the concentration in part coming from the gradual reduction in volume of the wine over its 50 years ageing in cask.

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  • Region & country
    Douro, Portugal
  • Maturity
    Mature 2014 - 2017
  • Colour
  • Sweetness
  • Style
  • Unit Volume
    Bottle (75cl.)
  • Classification
    Vintage Port
1964 Taylor's Very Old Single Harvest Port, Limited Edition


I allowed my glass of 1964 Taylor’s Very Old Single Harvest Port a couple of hours to open up in the glass, monitoring its evolution along the way. It is not a shy or retiring Port. Clear mahogany in color with a slight green tinge on the rim, the nose races out of the blocks like a young terrier let free in the garden, with intense aromas of grilled walnut, smoke, brown sugar, hints of caramel and a fug of alcohol that ebbs with time. The palate is smooth and honeyed on the entry, a very seductive Port wine, quite sumptuous in style, but with enough volatile lift to maintain fieriness toward the viscous finish. I speculate that had the 1963s not been so prodigious, Taylor Fladgate would have elected to follow their 1960 declaration with a 1964. That is all in the past. It is a delicious Port firing on all cylinders, ready to drink and enjoy now rather than cellar.

Neal Martin, robertparker.com (May 2014)