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Disznˇko Tokaji Dry Furmint 2006
In screwcap, masses of lemon zest and crunchy apple, but spices too and a herbal quality. The palate has masses of acidity, with lots of green apple and lime zest and a zinging clarity. That spiciness and weight comes through and it feels quite alcoholic. Powerful stuff. 88/100

Disznˇko Tokaji Furmint Late Harvest 2007
Around 70g/l residual sugar. Golden colour, with a good touch of honeyed Botrytis quality, some toffee notes and a deep orangy aroma. On the palate fresh and very fruity with masses of orange and slightly burnt toffee and Seville orange marmalade. Freshening acidity into the finish makes this easy to drink, but still a dessert style. 89/100

Disznˇko Tokaji Aszu 4 Puttonyos 2004
Intense, almost spearminty character with barley sugar and apricot. The palate is relatively medium-bodied, and this is a fairly clean character with fabulous, fat, lemony fruit that is sweet and honeyed, though it lacks a little of the unctuous Botrytis richness. Acidity is excellent, and very clean on the finish, and the length and focused concentration is very good indeed. 90/100.

Disznˇko Tokaji Aszu 5 Puttonyos 2000
Very rich golden colour. Again that spearminty note to very focused apricot and orange fruit. There's a twist of barely sugar and lemon zest. On to the palate there is a mass of quince and apricot fruit, hinting at pineapple and mango. The finish has terrific acidity again, and shimmers across the palate. 92/100

Disznˇko Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos 1999
Thick, rich, golden colour. Acacia honey and hints of spring flowers flood the nose, with dried apricot and fig, and a background of almond nuttiness. There's a glycerine-rich, honey and lemon palate, with an unctuous character and masses of burnt Seville orange. Spearmint and spice comes through in a very complex, layered finish. Outstanding quality with a finish hinting at caramel and tobacco that goes on forever. 95/100

Disznˇko Tokaji Aszu 6 Puttonyos 1993
Developing a tawny edge to the colour, with a massive, shrivelled plum and grape nose, the sweet rot quite evident like slightly rotting oranges. On the palate there's a touch of rot which perhaps is this bottle? For whatever reason, the thickness and sweetness of this wine sits slightly at odds with a touch of mustiness. Complex and intriguing with smoky and tobacco notes coming through. 92/100

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