If you have been reading my reviews of Tawny Ports we started with a 10 year old, then a twenty and now a 30 year old Tawny.
This 30-year old’s colour has moved from an orange to a brownish red. On the nose there has been an evolution from a rather flippant 10-year-old to a maturing 20-year-old. This one has a more concentrated Tawny aroma. There is caramel, burnt orange, nuts, smoke and dried apricots. On the palate any vestiges of alcohol have vanished. There is marmalade, nuts, candied pineapple and a strong streak of maple syrup with a twist of root beer. A never-ending finish with a subtle burn but at 20% this is to be expected. But unlike the 10-year-old Tawny no alcohol can be picked up on the nose or palate.
This is one decadent and delicious Tawny that would suit rich mushroom dishes and also egg based desserts like those delicious Portuguese custard tarts (Pasteis de Nata) served warm and freshly baked with this Tawny will take you to where Elon Musk and Richard Branson flashed their obscene wealth in our faces. You can get to the same place for a lot less with this Tawny.
(Quinta da Devesa 30-Year-Old Tawny Port, Quinta da Devesa, Régua, Portugal, $112.45, Liquor Control Board of Ontario # 280296, 750 mL, Robert K. Stephen A Little Birdie Told Me So Rating 94/100).