Tawny ports, as a category, are a relatively recent phenomenon as compared to ruby ports. Only widely developed and produced since the late 1800s, they are more representative of the skill and experience of the blender's than of the gifts of nature in a great vintage year, but as are vintage ports, they are distinctly marked by the style of the house which makes them. Of the five basic types of tawny port, the youngest is that without any indication of age, a wine which will usually be on the order of three years old.
Mellow, with gentle berry and nut flavors converging on the palate, Taylor, Fladgate Special Tawny is fresh, clean and straightforward, with a silky texture on the palate. It needs no decanting and is ready to consume when purchased, and will not improve with bottle age. Served room-temperature, it accompanies medium to salty cheeses, nuts, dried fruits or a variety of desserts at the end of a meal. It can also take the place of a Sauternes with foie gras beforehand. Slightly chilled, it is a delightful aperitif, and mixes easily with a splash of soda and a twist.