Experience the Rich History and Exquisite Flavors of Taylor’s Historical Collection III The Mallet in Portugal’s Douro Valley


One of the most exciting stop of the WTA event at ProWein was in the incredible Douro Valley in Portugal. And one of the best examples of local winemaking is Taylor’s Historical Collection III The Mallet.

This special Reserve Tawny Port is made from a blend of red grapes grown in the Douro Valley and aged in small oak barrels. This unique port is presented in a historic 18th century bottle and delivered in a beautifully crafted wooden box. Carefully blended from selected ports from Taylor’s impressive collection of Tawny oak-aged wines, this unique blend has a distinctive character with the familiar fullness and finish for which Taylor’s is renowned.

The port has a deep, brick red color with a reddish tint and a ripe, complex aroma that contains delicate nuances of plum, fig, marzipan and toffee. It also offers an elegant hint of cigar box, cedar and leather, which gives the aroma an exotic touch. The palate is intense and refined, with seductive fullness, softness and roundness, as well as notes of fruit cake and fresh plum. These flavors are accompanied by fine, well-integrated tannins and a long, pleasant finish. Taylor’s ports have been aged for decades and have been highly praised by Robert Parker.

The Taylor’s brand is also known for its special vintage ports created for global celebrations, such as the Very Very Old Tawny Port for Queen Elizabeth II’s platinum jubilee. Chris Forbes, Sales Director of Fladgate Partnership, the company that owns the Taylor’s brand, hosted the tasting.