You have not lived until you have tried a francesinha in Vila Nova de Gaia looking over the Douro to Porto. It is a Portuguese sandwich made with bread, cured ham, smoke-cured pork sausages with garlic and paprika all covered with melted cheese and a hot and thick spiced tomato and beer sauce – big, chewy, oily and powerful! We washed it all down with a Tawny port with flavours of dried apricots, pear and guava accented by apple-wood smoke. With a drop of water, was there a Clyde puffer under the famous Luis I bridge? On the palate imagine a very young vintage port just bottled. After ten years in an ex-bourbon hogshead we transferred this whisky into a first fill port hogshead.
Cask: First-fill Port hogshead Age: 12 years Date distilled: February 2008 Alcohol: 56.4% USA allocation: 102 bottle