Whiskers Blake Classic Tawny is a yummy dessert wine from Australia. It’s named after, you guessed it, Whiskers Blake, whose job it was to scare starlings from the grape crops, using a shotgun, circa 1900. Mr. Blake was also well known for “borrowing a bottle or two” of the vineyards’ Tawny Port, “for testing purposes.”
With an 18% ABV, this 8-year aged Port is the color of coffee, bottled with a screw top, no cork.
The aroma is faintly reminiscent of raisins; taste is also similar to raisins with a hint of maple. It’s very friendly and smooth. Whiskers Blake remains smooth as it spreads across the tongue; there is no notable tannin, but the warmth is wonderful. Legs form quickly and are slender, as if predicting the light, velvety texture and taste.
Whiskers Blake never refers to itself as a Port. Instead, they self-identify as a dessert wine. With an MSRP of $16.29 (I paid only $14.79) for a 750 ml bottle, this Classic Tawny is a good wine for a good price.
Whiskers Blake: 3.5 Nostrils
Until next time, I am your doc in Port!