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by AHB
15:36 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Martinez
Replies: 0
Views: 5

1994 Martinez

Deep red colour, opaque centre, no bricking but no youthful purple. Interesting on the nose, sweet fruit but with a slightly stewed tone that is not unpleasant but is distinctly odd. Fruit forward on the palate with plenty of sweet purple plum and brown sugar. Nice levels of acidity but very little ...
by AHB
15:33 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Warre
Replies: 3
Views: 251

Re: 1955 Warre

Bottled by Grants of St James. Bronzed red colour, 50% opaque. Modest nose with gentle fruit but a slightly harsh overtone. A pleasant texture on the palate but the flavours are modest with faint tannins and a gentle balanced fruitiness. This has faded to elegance but with a generous rose perfume. T...
by AHB
15:32 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Taylor
Replies: 3
Views: 223

Re: 1955 Taylor

UK bottled by an unknown bottler. Bronzed red colour with a pale rim; 40% opaque. Red jelly on the nose, sweet and soft. The same texture and thickness comes on the palate from the Taylor as has been found on the other 1955 ports at this tasting. Generous soft fruit backed by slightly too little aci...
by AHB
15:31 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Sandeman
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: 1955 Sandeman

Ex-cellars. Deep mature brick-red colour; 70% opaque. Nosing of sweet red fruit with an interesting gentle wood smoke hint. Rounded and with a thick texture on the palate; dusty with hints of gentle tannins hiding in the impressively fruity palate. There is a great freshness to the raspberry fruit. ...
by AHB
15:30 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Offley
Replies: 3
Views: 208

Re: 1955 Offley

Oporto bottled. Burnished orange colour, 30% opaque. A gentle nose of mature fruit spiced with tobacco to give a spicy and lively nose. Nice thick texture on the palate, which seems to be typical of the 1955 vintage. Resilient acidity supports a big and bold orange and elderflower flavour. Delicate ...
by AHB
15:29 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Quinta do Noval
Replies: 3
Views: 229

Re: 1955 Quinta do Noval

Bottled by Henekey's. Crystal clear, a pale reddish-gold colour; 20% opaque. Brown sugar and gentle rhubarb on the nose and lots of orange oil. A lovely concentration on entry, with a delicious thick texture. Intense orange and a hint of brown sugar fills the mouth yet maintains an enjoyable eleganc...
by AHB
15:27 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Mackenzie
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: 1955 Mackenzie

Unknown UK bottler. Distinctly the deepest coloured of the line up, still dark red in colour; 80% opaque. Subdued on the nose, a little aggressive and showing red fruit rather than the sweet orange more typical of the vintage. Thick texture on entry, with dusty tannins supporting sweet black wine gu...
by AHB
15:26 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Graham
Replies: 3
Views: 210

Re: 1955 Graham

Unknown UK bottler. Lovely brick red colour, 50% opaque. Empty on the nose showing absolutely nothing! Nice texture on entry, but not as thick as the others from this vintage. Rather hollow and lacking in flavour, surprisingly devoid of fruit. A lot of work brings out some sweetness and a nice offse...
by AHB
15:24 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Gonzalez Byass
Replies: 3
Views: 204

Re: 1955 Gonzalez Byass

UK bottled by an unknown bottler. Bought in July 2010 from an Oxford College cellar. Bronzed red colour, 50% opque. Little showing on the nose other than some faint brown sugar - but the palate makes up for the lack of smell. An elegant and balanced entry of a port combining tertiary brown fruit sug...
by AHB
15:22 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Fonseca
Replies: 3
Views: 227

Re: 1955 Fonseca

Bottled by Peatling & Cawdron. Deep mature red in colour, 70% opaque. Fresh nose, but with a slight touch of oxidation showing as a hint of menthol. Nice round texture on the palate with the oxidation just showing over the sweet burnt fruit; there is a pleasing depth to the smoky fruit. Some heat sh...
by AHB
15:21 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Dow
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: 1955 Dow

Bottled in the UK by an unknown bottler. Deep brick red colour, 60% opaque. Initially rather dirty on the nose but this cleared up with some patience to reveal a dark, sweet fruit syrup. Thick and concentrated on the palate with great levels of acidity and a huge, concentrated flavour. The acidity k...
by AHB
15:20 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Croft
Replies: 3
Views: 222

Re: 1955 Croft

A bottle brought by James Maitland from a case he had been given by his godfather as a christening present and stored carefully by him and his father since. This was James's penultimate bottle. Bottled by Berry Brothers & Rudd. Brick red in colour, slightly darker than the Cockburn next to it. A won...
by AHB
14:51 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Cockburn
Replies: 3
Views: 219

Re: 1955 Cockburn

Unknown UK bottler. Mature brick red colour, 40% opaque. A gentle nose of warm orange blossom and fiery alcohol over the top of the smell of fresh compost, complex and leafy. Modest entry that is well balanced with a lovely sweet and sour taste and texture. Mature tobacco and juniper fruit on the pa...
by AHB
13:00 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9500
Views: 257132

Re: One quiz at a time

OK. That was clever. I've heard of what3words approach to mapping the world and even looked up one or two places — but didn't connect your question to the map.

Score one to you. When I have a moment I will look up the locations you've identified as your clues.
by AHB
12:09 Sun 22 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Vintage Port quantities produced each year from 1960's until today?
Replies: 2
Views: 50

Re: Vintage Port quantities produced each year from 1960's until today?

As far as I am aware, there is no central record of how much vintage port was produced in the past (or today). Some producers have stated the number of 9l cases which they produced in some years; research on Google might allow you to find some of these announcements. When I taste a new vintage, if t...
by AHB
17:57 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 21st December 2017 - The Port Forum Xmas Bash
Replies: 16
Views: 961

Re: Thu 21st December 2017 - The Port Forum Xmas Bash

Christopher wrote:
18:58 Mon 25 Sep 2017
Can I please be added to the reserve list
Thanks
You have been added.
by AHB
17:55 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello from Porto, Portugal - new member
Replies: 1
Views: 48

Re: Hello from Porto, Portugal - new member

Welcome to the forum. You are blessed to be living in one of our favourite cities.
by AHB
17:53 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just saying hello...
Replies: 5
Views: 157

Re: Just saying hello...

Thanks ever so much for the reply Alex. I’m really interested in putting my hand up for the tasting sessions in London. Unfortunately though, due to working commitments, I’d need to plan at least 6 weeks in advance to ensure I could arrange the time off. I’d be looking to stay overnight in London t...
by AHB
17:45 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Kopke LBV 1981 in Magnum, collector's item?
Replies: 3
Views: 122

Re: Kopke LBV 1981 in Magnum, collector's item?

I've had unfiltered LBV from 1981 but from Warre rather than Kopke. The Warre was very tasty and enjoyable. I would expect that the wine would be drinking very nicely indeed. I'm slightly envious of you — I'd love to taste it! Please be sure to let us know what you think of it when you drink it.
by AHB
17:37 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thu 19 Oct 2017; B&F; Mature V.P. or L.B.V., blind, ideally in decanters
Replies: 35
Views: 771

Re: Thu 19 Oct 2017; B&F; Mature V.P. or L.B.V., blind, ideally in decanters

I protest! I was actually upstairs with EAB at 19.00 grabbing a quick dinner before heading off to our appointment. I sent JDAW a photograph of the monkey's guess. The monkey is not intelligent, guessing more or less at random. The monkey guessed that everyone would be bringing Quinta do Noval 1950....
by AHB
17:33 Sat 21 Oct 2017
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Thu 19 Oct 2017; Mature V.P. or L.B.V.; Boot & Flogger
Replies: 4
Views: 83

Re: Thu 19 Oct 2017; Mature V.P. or L.B.V.; Boot & Flogger

I did send JDAW an email of a photo of the monkey's guess as to what people were bringing. The monkey guessed Quinta do Noval 1950.
by AHB
19:50 Tue 17 Oct 2017
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9500
Views: 257132

Re: One quiz at a time

Royal Companhia Velha, via the Marquis of Pombal.
by AHB
19:49 Tue 17 Oct 2017
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Just saying hello...
Replies: 5
Views: 157

Re: Just saying hello...

Welcome to the forum. You'll fit in well here - you love port! As Simon (and no doubt Dia) has said, we like drinking port and we like sharing port with others. Please don't feel shy about putting your hand up (metaphorically) and asking to take a place at one of our evenings in London. We all start...
by AHB
19:42 Tue 17 Oct 2017
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2015 Cockburn
Replies: 4
Views: 137

Re: 2015 Cockburn

True, but I was a little underwhelmed by it. Usually I find more structure in a youthful VP, but this seemed elegant almost to the point of being light. I wonder what the 1975 ports where like when they were first bottled? I didn't taste them, but I wondered whether they were like this. And don't ge...
by AHB
15:46 Tue 17 Oct 2017
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 2nd November - 1970
Replies: 27
Views: 632

Re: Thursday 2nd November - 1970

Unfortunately I can no longer make this evening which, given the theme, I am gutted about. Better move me to the "Would like to, but can't" list.

Sorry folks, the Graham 1970 is now needed to console me in my sadness at missing what will be a collection of no doubt fabulous, vintage ports.