Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Vintage 1936 Portwine


I bought 2 bottles of this portwine a few years back, not knowing if it's still good or not...

I waited a long time to open the first bottle but this days I did... and I'm happy that I did it... it's an amazing portwine!

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The color is more brown than red, with a coppery shine in it... if you shake it in the glass you get some really fat laces running down.

Some woody aromas in the nose, paired with a decent sweetness and hints of spices...

The taste is very complex... ripe blackberry, tobacco, spices, some malt and coffee.... oh wow... that's fantastic!! Some bitterness first and then there's an amazing and very long sweet finish...

Very nice color


This portwine will be a good pairing with a cigar... and I decided to pair it with three special and absolutely different cigars.

The first combo is with a Diplomaticos No. 6 from the 70s which I got from a friend in Sweden... there are a lot of those typical vintage flavors - like old paper and mushrooms - in that cigar... a very nice interaction with the medium bodied cigar which went well with the spices and the sweetness of the portwine.

Paired with a Diplomaticos No. 6 from the 70s

The next pairing... another medium bodied cigar... a Sancho Panza Belicosos from 1994... the characteristics of this cigar is its saltiness... how will it be in interaction with the sweetness? A perfect match... Those aromas didn't neutralize each other but multiply... it's an explosion of aromas in the mouth... WOW!

Paired with a Sancho Panza Belicosos 50ct. Cabinett from 1994

The last pairing... this time with a strong and earthy cigar, I took a Che Robusto from one of those 50 Elie Bleu humidors.... The question is: will the portwine be a partner on the same level as this really strong cigar? The answer is very short and simple: Yes! What a great combo... the earthy aroma of the cigar and the coffee, malt and sweetness of the port melt together and end up with another explosion of aromas... AWESOME!

Paired with a Che Robusto from one of 50 Elie Bleu humidors

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