Righto, so back in the day I used to be a beer kind of fella. Don’t really know why because these days I find few beers to be very enjoyable. But back then I just kind of got sick of drinking beer and spending half the night pissing on a wall or lawn and waking up with a hangover, so I turned to other recreational pursuits for a few months. And when I got back on the piss I found out that I was really into rum and later also got into red wines and tawny port.
God damn a nice bottle of tawny is really quite a treat, even a dirty old sack of the cheap stuff goes down well with me. As nice as red wines are I find it irritating to have to do so much shopping around and sifting through the bad ones to find the gems. Whereas most of the ports I’ve tried have been pretty spot on, but every now and then you get a real dirty tasting one, or one that smells like a sack of nasty shiraz.
Anyway a couple of really nice and reasonably well priced tawnys I’ve come across are the McWilliams “Hanwood” 10 year old Tawny Port and the DeBortolli 8 year old Tawny. I don’t know how available these are overseas but here in Australia they shouldn’t be too hard to find. Of the two I’d have to say I prefer the McWilliams; it’s probably my drink of choice at the moment, that is, when I feel like treating myself. Perhaps you should treat yourself too.