Taylor Fladgate is one of the original founding Port houses and has remained a benchmark among Port producers throughout its history. This year we celebrate the 325th Anniversary of its establishment in 1692. To commemorate this important milestone, Taylor Fladgate?s blending team has drawn on their extensive cask aged reserves to create a special blend of fine oak-matured Ports selected for their depth and richness of flavor. This Limited Edition Reserve Tawny, released in a commemorative 1692-style bottle, is a fitting tribute to Taylor Fladgate?s long history and mastery of the art of cask aging and blending. The availability of this release is strictly limited.
Pairs well with figs, almonds, pecan pie, desserts made with coffee or caramel, and creme brulee. It can also be served at the end of the meal with walnuts or dried fruit and it can be slightly chilled in the summer.
The origins of Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman lie in the 1670s, with Job Bearsley, an English merchant in Minho. Bearsley?s initial activities were in the wool trade, and the ?4XX? logo, originally his woolmark, was branded on bales of wool, and later, casks of Port wine, for shipment. The firm was officially founded in 1692, and Bearsley moved his offices to Oporto; this date places Taylor, Fladgate & Yeatman as one of Oporto?s oldest Port houses. Bearsley?s son Peter was the first Englishman, in the early 1700s, to venture into the primitive reaches of the Upper Douro to purchase wines. Another son, Bartholomew, acquired the first British-owned property in the Douro in 1744, the Lugar das Lages. Located at Salgueiral, close to the old town of Regua, and including the 18th-century Casa dos Alambiques, it is still among Taylor Fladgate?s operative holdings.
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