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by jdaw1
22:45 Sat 04 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port cocktails
Replies: 35
Views: 2486

Re: Port cocktails

I’ve just received by WhatsApp a link to oldfashioned.tech, which might be of interest to some here.
by jdaw1
20:12 Mon 29 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2239

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

What’s the theme for what we’re meant to open? Port?
by jdaw1
15:32 Sun 28 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 11
Views: 525

Re: Made from Port packaging

Christopher wrote:
13:57 Sun 28 Jun 2020
The card in the front slips out and in a nice piece of design work turns out to be a Graham’s Malvedos Coaster!
I have a few spare. Coasters: genius.
by jdaw1
10:42 Sun 28 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 11
Views: 525

Re: Made from Port packaging

Sainsbury’s pre-summer clearance (mentioned in Port for sale by retailer and in a TN ) has 2006 Graham Malvedos at £23. They come in single-bottle wooden boxes, as also do, for example, the Tesco Symington 2007 Vintage. With some simple wood glue, eleven of these can make a small table that holds a ...
by jdaw1
10:42 Sun 28 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 11
Views: 525

Made from Port packaging

This thread is to hold examples of things made from Port packaging.

Included by reference is the Port-bottle table lamp.
by jdaw1
19:23 Sat 27 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1196
Views: 275964

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Re Sainsbury’s pre-summer clearance: GM06, decanted noon. Sainsbury’s pre-summer clearance†, £23. New cork, tight-fighting, came out whole, felt like good quality. Impressive cork choice by our friends the Symingtons. Dark dark red, circa 95% opaque. Nose of blackcurrants and spice. Palate starts dr...
by jdaw1
19:21 Sat 27 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2006 Graham Malvedos
Replies: 0
Views: 131

2006 Graham Malvedos

GM06, decanted noon. Sainsbury’s pre-summer clearance†, £23. New cork, tight-fighting, came out whole, felt like good quality. Impressive cork choice by our friends the Symingtons. Dark dark red, circa 95% opaque. Nose of blackcurrants and spice. Palate starts dry, with a herbaceous green note (holl...
by jdaw1
11:06 Fri 26 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?
Replies: 67
Views: 2239

Re: Virtual Tasting #8 - Tuesday 30th June?

There arrived yesterday my Port, labelled “Dow 1878”. Fantastic, thank you. Looking very dark for its age, perhaps reminiscent of the Mk55. Please do send a picture of the cork and bottle.
by jdaw1
17:49 Thu 25 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Closures, and re-openings
Replies: 10
Views: 1363

Re: Closures

Davy’s Wine Vaults to Reopen on 4th July There is light at the end of the tunnel. We are thrilled that Davy's Wine Vaults in Greenwich will reopen on Saturday 4th July , following the Government's announcement, and we are now taking bookings for the inside and outside areas. As you would expect, th...
by jdaw1
00:37 Sun 21 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port cocktails
Replies: 35
Views: 2486

Re: Port cocktails

Though this is not a Port cocktail, it is a cocktail, and in the modern world this comment of Kingsley Amis (Everyday Drinking, 1983) deserves a fresh airing:

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by jdaw1
00:27 Sun 21 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bittall
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Bittall

My suspicion is that the real recipe includes some more sugar to make it more stable and probably some other “secret ingredients”, perhaps either vanilla or cloves (like vin d’orange) but I’ll keep this first batch simple and see how it goes! Most recipes are improved by a dash of Worcestershire sa...
by jdaw1
00:20 Sun 21 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bittall
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Bittall

In the label, why have you moved away from upper case? if a modern typesetting fetish, why not small caps (“Bɪᴛᴛᴀʟʟ”)? You’ve also steepened the angle from about 30° to 45°: why?
by jdaw1
21:43 Sat 20 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bittall
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Bittall

Comment from Dominic Symington:

Bittall was an infusion of sun-dried orange & tangerine skins. I don’t know the quantity nor the time of infusion/maceration.

We have only a few left (last made circa late 1960s), but not for sale. It’s now quite viscous, which might be due to its age.
by jdaw1
21:42 Sat 20 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bittall
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Bittall

JacobH wrote:
23:34 Thu 04 Jun 2020
Am I right in thinking "old port" in this time period would mean a tawny of some description?
AHB wrote:
20:42 Tue 09 Jun 2020
Absolutely it would. Probably something along the lines of a 10YO tawny, possibly 20YO.
by jdaw1
21:42 Sat 20 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bittall
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Bittall

jdaw1 wrote:
21:34 Thu 04 Jun 2020
Edit: my last sighting of Bittall was in the catalogue of November 1955:
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by jdaw1
21:42 Sat 20 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bittall
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Bittall

The mention of orange as an ingredient reminded me of Bittall: I’d forgotten all about that! Interestingly there is almost no more information about this drink available on the web now than there was in 2011. Pretty much the only references to it at to Kinglsey Amis’ book. However, looking at some ...
by jdaw1
21:41 Sat 20 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bittall
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Re: Bittall

Great post from Jacob. The mention of orange as an ingredient reminded me of Bittall: Port cocktails: http://www.jdawiseman.com/port/20110806_Iberian_Bittall_Kingsley_Amis.jpg The Wine Society, June 1949: http://www.jdawiseman.com/port/20110806_194906_Bittall.jpg So Bittall is like pink port, excep...
by jdaw1
21:41 Sat 20 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bittall
Replies: 10
Views: 454

Bittall

This thread is hold comment on and discussion of Bittall.
by jdaw1
18:16 Fri 19 Jun 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Glass T-Corks
Replies: 6
Views: 446

Re: Glass T-Corks

Look is good. Soon to test usability — I will report here.
by jdaw1
14:42 Mon 15 Jun 2020
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: ThePortForum cufflinks and lapel pins
Replies: 36
Views: 32885

Re: ThePortForum cufflinks and lapel pins

nac wrote:
00:54 Mon 15 Jun 2020
Are these still available?
Yes. Remind me just before the next physically-present tasting.
by jdaw1
17:59 Sun 14 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2107

Re: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020

Glenn E. wrote:
23:52 Sat 13 Jun 2020
jdaw1 wrote:Does not compute. Warre is excellent and under-rated. Even by those who rate it ‘excellent’.
Care for some brown sticky stuff? :wink:
Sure, brown sticky can be good. Indeed, very good. Ditto Warre.
by jdaw1
23:55 Fri 12 Jun 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Port House abbreviations
Replies: 179
Views: 77486

Re: Port House abbreviations

AHB wrote:
23:07 Fri 12 Jun 2020
In the vintage declaration listings 2005-2018 there are now some producers who do not appear in the Port House abbreviations list.

Does this need remedying?
Please say who is missing, and from there the usual process can happen.
by jdaw1
23:56 Thu 11 Jun 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020
Replies: 53
Views: 2107

Re: Virtual Tasting #7, Tuesday 16 June 2020

Glenn E. wrote:
22:35 Thu 11 Jun 2020
I may have to get creative. I generally don't like Warre's style,
Does not compute. Warre is excellent and under-rated. Even by those who rate it ‘excellent’.
by jdaw1
20:39 Thu 11 Jun 2020
Forum: Reference
Topic: Who Owns Whom
Replies: 16
Views: 10614

Re: Who Owns Whom

AHB wrote:
20:24 Thu 11 Jun 2020
I recently saw a bottle of Mackenzie White Port where the small print on the label disclosed the producer and bottler as Andresen. Could it be that the Mackenzie name is now owned by Andresen?
I’ve heard that before, but don’t recall my source.