Taylor Fladgate’s Aged Tawny Ports with their characteristic mellow spicy, nutty and oaky aromas, silky palate and opulent flavours should be paired quite differently to their ruby Port cousins. Lighter, nuttier and crisper, they are naturally refreshing: served cool, or lightly chilled and of course in a well proportioned glass.
A glass of chilled 10 Year Old makes a delicious aperitif, but is equally good matched to a hard, nutty cheese or a pudding such as apple pie, tarte tatin, baked figs, orange tart, (leave the peel on some of the orange) caramel tart, or cooked strawberries with pepper. The 20-Year-Old is excellent with crème brûlée, honey and almond cake and cheeses such as Parmesan and Manchego. Serve it in place of a Sauternes or Gewurztraminer with a delicate foie gras and brioche. The acidity of the 20 Year Old cuts perfectly through the richness of the paté.
The venerable 30 & 40 Year Olds need no accompaniment, except time to savour them and a good armchair.