Dow’s Tappit Hen 1977 2.1L


Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barocca.

For over 200 years, the name Dow has been associated with fine Port from the Upper Douro Valley. Dow’s are known for their superbly concentrated wines; intense and tannic when young, maturing to a superlative racy elegance with violet and mint aromas. Their distinctive drier finish is the hallmark of Dow’s Port wines. James Suckling of the Wine Spectator tasted a Dow’s port over a hundred years after its bottling, an 1896, and described it as: “…an amazing ruby colour with a garnet edge, it smelled of raisins, black pepper and berries. It was full-bodied, with masses of fruit intertwined with layers of velvety tannins. It was superb.”

Just 303 bottles released by Dow’s Port for the one and only time, no more were ever shipped. An irreplaceable wine in rare and unique 2.1 litre ‘Tappit Hen’ bottles. Each Tappit bottle has been hand-labelled and each numbered back label has been personally signed by Paul Symington.

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About This Wine...

“For Port aficionados, few vintages equal the grandeur and quality of 1977. Sure, there are time-honoured vintages such as 1963, 1945 and 1927, but most people consider 1977 to be the modern classic…now 30 years later, it’s time to enjoy them – if you haven’t already.”

94 points, James Suckling


A throwback to the 18th century, ‘The Tappit Hen’ holds 2.1L and is rarely seen commercially. Not released for sale before 2012, only 303 were ever bottled. Most people consider the 1977 to be a modern classic – “still a babe, fabulously scented, very rich and has a potential longevity of at least 30-50 years.”

93/100 Robert Parker (2012)



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