A Celebration of Half a Century: Taylor’s 1967 Single Harvest

This is the fourth in a series of fifty year old Ports from Taylor.  The wine was aged in pipe (cask) until it was bottled in 2016 for release this year. As a result it is an aged tawny in style, bottled as ‘Single Harvest’ and effectively a colheita in Portuguese parlance. Apart from being the year of a launch of the QE2 and the Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, 1967 was also a vintage that was felt worthy of declaration by some. These are the days before single quinta vintage Port and four shippers chose to declare, with Cockburn and Martinez following the rather idiosyncratic hunch that 1967 was a better year than the generally declared 1966. Harold Wilson was Prime Minister of the UK and Portugal was still ruled by the now elderly António de Oliveira Salazar. 

Taylor’s 1967 Single Harvest Port  *****

Pale, bright amber-tawny in hue; butter-toffee and fudge aromas, beautifully seductive, settled and fine; suave and smooth, dried apricot richness with a touch of caramelised citrus keeping the wine fresh though to the finish. Seamless  all the way through.  19 

Scoring

19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty