Taylor Fladgate is one of the oldest and most respected Port houses, founded in 1692. The company has been family managed since its founding over 325 years ago. Its winemakers and blenders draw on knowledge and skills passed down the generations over hundreds of years to ensure that Taylor Fladgate Ports are made to the very highest standards. Taylor Fladgate own vineyards, including the legendary Quinta de Vargellas, produce the famous Taylor Fladgate Vintage Ports which are among the wines most highly valued and esteemed by connoisseurs and collectors of fine wines around the world. Taylor Fladgate also possesses one of the most extensive and valuable reserves of old cask-aged Ports maturing in the company’s cellars, known as ‘lodges’, in Oporto. Over the years, these reserves have allowed the company to release a number of very rare, limited edition Ports of great age including this Taylor Fladgate Very Old Kingsman Edition Port.
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A deep mahogany brown core gradually fades through a halo of amber to a narrow rim of warm gold. After years in cask, Port develops an extraordinary multi-layered complexity unlike that of any other wine. This rare Port of great age is no exception. On the nose, the wine is seductive and intense, displaying multiple dimensions of opulent aroma. It opens with a rich confection of molasses and butterscotch, with notes of almond and dried fig, followed by a complex spicy redolence of vanilla, black pepper, nutmeg and cinnamon. Discreet scents of cedar and balsam emerge fleetingly in the background. The first impression on the palate is of a smooth, velvety texture and impressive volume and density resulting from decades of cask ageing. On the mid palate, a crisp, vibrant acidity emerges making the wine appear fresher and more ethereal. Flowing through the palate from end to end is an undercurrent of rich, intense, concentrated butterscotch flavor. The wine has an extraordinarily long finish, leaving a lingering impression of complex, mellow aroma on the palate for long after the wine has been consumed.
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