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by rich_n
21:22 Sat 27 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #5
Replies: 9
Views: 132

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #5

Yes please, can I suggest we bring forward "crusted" theme if we get the numbers to make that worthwhile?
by rich_n
21:17 Sat 27 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: UK available 40 year old tawnies
Replies: 9
Views: 205

Re: RE: Re: UK available 40 year old tawnies

From my empirical evidence of tasting the Dow's in the new packaging, yes, they changed the blends. They've improved the quality of it. That’s interesting. Looking at my notes, I don’t think I’ve tried any Dow aged tawny. How to they compare with Graham? I notice that the marketing talks about bein...
by rich_n
14:57 Fri 26 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #6
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #6

Yes please, I'm not attending the Graham's tasting but would like to join afterwards and will have something from Graham's to enjoy.
by rich_n
12:42 Fri 26 Feb 2021
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: RE: Re: Cloudwater

I appreciate this makes little sense for someone who is quite happy to drink quite a lot of Port, but I actually like most of my alcoholic drinks to be fairly light. I get a little frustrated that there aren’t more bitters (as opposed to best bitters) and milds about in the <4% range! They're start...
by rich_n
12:16 Fri 26 Feb 2021
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: RE: Re: Cloudwater

No: I only bought one as I couldn’t carry any more! I’m sure you are right that it can age a bit and improve. By the alcohol being aggressive, I didn’t mean so much that it was too spirity (which can be a problem with some beers) but that its strength made it feel like a bit of a slog to get throug...
by rich_n
00:30 Fri 26 Feb 2021
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: RE: Re: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel

I saw a 2019 Siren Maiden yesterday which I am trying tonight. I'm rather in two minds about it. I really can see the attraction but I think it is just a bit too much for my taste. The nose is lovely: freshly baked caramel biscuits. In the mouth, it's got a thick mouthfeel with incredible sweetness...
by rich_n
18:37 Tue 23 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 4905

Re: RE: Re: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

The two people I approached to substitute for Johnny at short notice are not able to do so. I’ll issue an invite today for TPF Zoom Tasting #4 of 2021. The theme will change to one of “Any fortified wine you want to drink.” Which works for me since I have a bottle of Blandy’s 2004 Malvasia on death...
by rich_n
18:29 Sun 21 Feb 2021
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: Cloudwater

Sounds worth seeking out. I too am a big fan of dark beers and have been for many years. I've recently been sampling quite few of the new breed of brewers' ranges based on friends' recommendations and whilst I have nothing against a bit of experimentation the key for me is whether I would drink a s...
by rich_n
18:27 Sun 21 Feb 2021
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: Cloudwater

What I would really like to see is a revival of real ales being served from wooden rather than aluminum casks. The few times I have tried this they have been really good. Makes me think that SPBW were onto something... I do like a good classic ale from a wooden cask, but there are so many potential...
by rich_n
14:51 Sun 21 Feb 2021
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: RE: Re: Cloudwater

I presume it doesn’t actually spend that long in the barrel, so wouldn’t get as much chance to pick up the flavours as, say, a Port-barrel-aged whiskey would? Barrel aging seems to be a bit of a dark art, the Americans have been at it longer so they've got more experience but brewers like Cloudwate...
by rich_n
19:02 Sat 20 Feb 2021
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Re: RE: Re: Cloudwater

winesecretary wrote:Given the positioning, any coffee notes?
Less than I had expected! A little coffee bitterness in the background.
by rich_n
15:54 Sat 20 Feb 2021
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel
Replies: 14
Views: 360

Cloudwater "Closer To The Truth" - imperial stout aged in single use port barrel

As those who have been on the virtual tastings might know, I'm a big craft beer fan as well as a big port fan, so getting my hands on a hefty imperial stout from one of the UK's current top breweries (IMHO) was not an opportunity to be passed up. The beer itself is fantastic, my review "This is a bi...
by rich_n
19:37 Fri 19 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1585
Views: 378085

Re: RE: Re: Latest buy

MigSU wrote:My latest purchases were a couple of bottles of Noval 2018, a case of Ferreira 2000 (at an incredible price), and a case of Barros 2018.
The Barros 18 is a fantastic wine, delicious even this young.
by rich_n
18:35 Fri 19 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Latest buy
Replies: 1585
Views: 378085

Re: Latest buy

During our most recent virtual tasting session I was persuaded that it would be a good idea to acquire some port that had entered its third decade for my cellar. At that point I had already consumed several glasses and so it seemed like the only reasonable action was to put in an order with Seckford...
by rich_n
20:22 Tue 16 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tastings - Planner
Replies: 11
Views: 945

Re: RE: Re: 2021 Virtual Tastings - Planner

Justin K wrote:Yes it was I.
Well my apologies for my memory - thanks for the recommendation!
by rich_n
22:48 Mon 15 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tastings - Planner
Replies: 11
Views: 945

Re: 2021 Virtual Tastings - Planner

I'm not entirely certain who recommended this on the most recent virtual tasting session (possible Neil or Simon), but it's £5.50 for a Rioja Riserva from Lidl so the least I can do is give it a try! Thanks for the suggestion. https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20210215/ca9bd422b0e9bb1763aef7c30cae882...
by rich_n
22:03 Sun 14 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: POSTPONED: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum
Replies: 68
Views: 4905

Re: Wednesday 24th February 2021 - Online Churchill tasting with the Port Forum

I didn't confirm but I'll definitely be drinking the ruby reserve for this tasting.
by rich_n
17:17 Sun 14 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quevedo Taste at Home - Blend Your Own 20 Year Old Tawny - Online Tutored Tasting 31/03/21
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: Quevedo Taste at Home - Blend Your Own 20 Year Old Tawny - Online Tutored Tasting 31/03/21

I've ordered this so I'll be on the main tasting and then keen to join for a post-tasting-tasting if others are able to.
by rich_n
23:44 Sat 13 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Taylor Terra Feita
Replies: 0
Views: 335

2005 Taylor Terra Feita

PnP - a quick taste to check all is ok. Red berries and brambles on the nose along with some heat. Sweet red berries on entry that very quickly give way to liquorice that carries all the way through the palate alongside some pepper heat, maybe some tobacco? Quite savoury, rather than sweet, but enjo...
by rich_n
15:27 Fri 12 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Taylor LBV
Replies: 0
Views: 337

2015 Taylor LBV

NB this is a Taylor LBV and therefore filtered. Purchased from A Supermarket a year or so ago and stored in my home cellar; it was not decanted. Originally opened after several glasses of port (hence the PnP note). PnP: This is extremely good for an LBV, plenty of damson and plum, caramel milk choco...
by rich_n
14:46 Fri 12 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wanted Thread
Replies: 82
Views: 25621

Re: Wanted Thread

It was 400 for a case of six! In which case the Farr Vintners price is market rate. You can occasionally snag the minor 83s and 85s for 400/dozen all in at auction though. Ah, I misheard what you said - I did think that sounded like a bargain. £400 for 6 is more in the ballpark of what I've seen on...
by rich_n
14:27 Fri 12 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February
Replies: 44
Views: 2088

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February

Really enjoyable evening gents, thanks to those involved in organising. I enjoyed my first proper tasting of a SQVP - it's a style I've tried a long time ago with no real appreciation for it's nuances so this feels like a bit of a first. Fortunately I have a fair amount more of it to look forward to...
by rich_n
23:22 Thu 11 Feb 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wanted Thread
Replies: 82
Views: 25621

Re: Wanted Thread

Resurrecting this thread, there was mention of 1985 Fonseca for ~£400 a case on tonight's virtual tasting, and I would be interested in acquiring this port at around this price point (and any other 80's ports in this bracket!).
by rich_n
18:08 Thu 11 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quevedo Taste at Home - Blend Your Own 20 Year Old Tawny - Online Tutored Tasting 31/03/21
Replies: 7
Views: 408

Re: RE: Re: Quevedo Taste at Home - Blend Your Own 20 Year Old Tawny - Online Tutored Tasting 31/03/21

Hi Rich I'm trying to cut down on the drinking mid-week so have missed some of the virtual tastings. Best price for this (and the Grahams) is the one on the web - its more of a promo thing - so the margins are quite small. Simon has beaten me again to listing on the thread. There are only 90 packs ...
by rich_n
17:06 Thu 11 Feb 2021
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February
Replies: 44
Views: 2088

Re: 2021 Virtual Tasting #3 - Thursday 11th February

I may be on later than usual. Will aim to be in by 8-8.30pm at the latest.