Hungary Heart | 1964 Tokajis from Monimpex

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These two lovely bottles of 1964 Tokaji came to Arden from a (an even lovelier) Parisienne friend of a friend, whose father had owned them for some years after they were gifted to him. He only bought French wines, of course… 😉

Monimpex was the only Hungarian company with an export licence during the period of “Goulash Communism” that followed the 1956 Revolution.

János Kádár – First Secretary of the Hungarian Socialist Workers’ Party – instigated policies to create good living standards for the people of Hungary.

(Eating goulash and drinking Tokaji – as I did many years ago while travelling in Hungary – is fine by me.)

The colours of these two Tokaji remind me of Tom Waits’ song “Frank’s Wild Years”: “all Halloween / Orange and chimney red”.

The Aszú 3 Puttonyos is the dark amber of an evening sky after a hot day.

It has a darker colour than the Szamorodni because of the much higher sugar content: Probably 60 grams per litre / 6%, compared to the less than 10 grams / 1% of the dry Szamorodni.

We also have a bottle of 1956 Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos from the collection of Dr. Olah László.

  • 1964 Tokaji Aszu
    1964 Tokaji Aszú 3 Puttonyos Monimpex (1 x 50cl)
  • 1964 Tokaji Szamorodni
    1964 Tokaji Szamorodni Monimpex (1 x 50cl)
  • 1956 Tokaji 5 Puttonyos from the collection of Dr. Olah László (1 x 50cl)
    1956 Tokaji Aszú 5 Puttonyos from the collection of Dr. Olah László (1 x 50cl)
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