Sandeman Imperial 20 Year Tawny Port, $30.59-$39.99, 92+ points, explodes with orange/red caramel/bourbon colors, and with smells of pine resin, caramelized raisins, oak, and rum.
The explosions didn't stop there, but the full body, slightly sweet, carried bombastic mouth-watering acids and mouth-puckering tannins. Some might say 'soft' tannins, but having had enough young Bordeaux and Brunello wines to compare, these tannins were not soft to me.
Flavors were true to the aromas, add the fruit of apricot, and the 40 proof alcohol which was an aftershock that faired throughout the palate and into the long rum-like and espresso finish.
I treated this as an aperitif and attempted to pair it with a dark chocolate pistachio toffee, but alas the wine was too much for it.
However, I did seek out and find an apropos dessert in a "Chocolate Truffle Bomb Cake" which complimented the Sandeman (No mean feat).
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