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A Drink With Sandeman's Port

George Sandeman, seventh generation of the House of Sandeman, knows a thing or two about port. Sandeman has been in the wine business since 1971 when he joined the family business in 1977 and was appointed to General Manager of The House of Sandeman in 1990 before finally becoming Chairman. For some reason he thought it would be a good idea to sit down with a few Maxim editors to discuss the finer points of port, one of the classier spirits. Well, he talked about the finer points, we mostly just talked about drinking.


Sandeman's Founders Reserve  
George Sandeman: Intense ruby red in color, the wine is brilliant and clean and embodies the characteristics of young classic Port balanced with the finesse of age. The rich, red fruit aromas with a touch of age create an elegant reflection of powerful flavors, and make a great foil to a number of ingredients for some amazing cocktails.
Maxim Editor Rich: I found the honesty of the packaging quite refreshing. After drinking this delicious bottle I awoke on my front lawn in a Zorro costume.
Maxim Editor Cory: I never knew I could like a sweet after-dinner drink as much as this. I may have to start having two dinners as an excuse to have another glass.
Maxim Editor Jesse: Whoa, this stuff is RED. Like, insanely red. After getting past the novelty of pretending to drink like Dracula, I could appreciate the robust fruit flavor.

Sandeman Ruby Porto
George Sandeman: Brilliant ruby in color, with clean aromas of ripe fruits and strawberries, Sandeman Ruby Porto has full, rich flavors with overt flavors of fresh plums and red fruits.
Maxim Editor Rich: Sandeman says it pairs well with a chocolate dessert. Three Ho-Hos and two Ding Dong desserts later, I'd have to agree.
Maxim Editor Cory: I don't know the difference between "port" and "porto," but right now, I don't really "care-o".
Maxim Editor Jesse: I once worked as an assistant produce manager at Bi-Lo, where the manager forced me to try the plums so I could tell customers how awesome they were. Those scars run deep, but the plum flavor in this port won me over. Sorry, I’m going dark over here.

Sandeman Tawny Porto
George Sandeman: Aged in small oak casks, the original deep ruby colors of the Sandeman Tawny Porto transform to a red amber hue, and the rich fresh fruit matures to a more complex dried fruit-characteristic, with hints of vanilla.
Maxim Editor Rich: This stuff is fruitier than Ru Paul. (In a good way.)
Maxim Editor Cory: I'd say this stuff is fruiter than Maxim Editor Rich (I'm not sure if it's in a good way or not.)
Maxim Editor Jesse: The hints of raisins had me annoying everyone in the office with a stirring rendition of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” (CCR’s version.) The only thing that would make this better? Sharing it with another Tawny ... say, a circa-1987 Kitaen.

Sandeman 10 Years Old Porto  
George Sandeman: Specially selected Ports are chosen for aging in wooden casks. Gradual exposure to air concentrates the flavors and matures the ruby colors to red amber, creating the elegant and complex bouquet of ripe fruit, jam and nuts with hints of vanilla and raisins.
Maxim Editor Rich: I feel a little uncomfortable saying this, but 10 Year-Old-Tawny tastes fabulous.
Maxim Editor Cory: I would gush about this, but I'm afraid the police will kick in my door if I talk about my love of a 10-year-old.
Maxim Editor Jesse: The hints of raisins had me annoying everyone in the office with a stirring rendition of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine.” (CCR’s version.) The only thing that would make this better? Sharing it with another Tawny ... say, a circa-1987 Kitaen.