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by AHB
19:19 Fri 19 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor 85. £45 at Cosco.
Replies: 16
Views: 2098

If I recall correctly, last year in the run up to Xmas, Costco had the Delaforce 1985 for £20 a bottle. Much better value for money and a port that I bought a few bottles of.

Looks like I'll be going to Makro this year...

Alex
by AHB
19:19 Fri 19 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor 85. £45 at Cosco.
Replies: 16
Views: 2098

If I recall correctly, last year in the run up to Xmas, Costco had the Delaforce 1985 for £20 a bottle. Much better value for money and a port that I bought a few bottles of.

Looks like I'll be going to Makro this year...

Alex
by AHB
19:07 Fri 19 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: I Hate Modern Labels
Replies: 23
Views: 2734

Derek and I have just shared a 1983 and it had no back label (apart from the one that I put on it).

And who else reconstructs corks? Conky can't have been referring to me as my basket of reconstructed corks is now on top of the bookcase and no longer next to the fire!

Alex
by AHB
18:54 Fri 19 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Anybody watching U-20 world cup
Replies: 65
Views: 9639

Just in case anyone was concerned for my welfare this afternoon, I can reassure you all that Derek did not do the Haka, was not wearing a kilt and did not sing the South African national anthem. Personally, I don't think he knows the words and it was all bluster by a Scotsman who wants us all to thi...
by AHB
15:07 Thu 18 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Anybody watching U-20 world cup
Replies: 65
Views: 9639

Let me help: Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo Yiva imathandazo yethu Nkosi Sikelela Nkosi Sikelela Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika Maluphakanyisw' uphondo lwayo Yiva imathandazo yethu Nkosi Sikelela Thina lusapho lwayo. Chorus Yihla moya, yihla moya Yihla moya oying...
by AHB
15:02 Thu 18 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The 2/3rds Rule
Replies: 11
Views: 2008

Yes. I think its worth splitting this out into a new thread called something along the lines of "The 2/3rds rule"

Alex
by AHB
14:40 Thu 18 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The 2/3rds Rule
Replies: 11
Views: 2008

Fred, I've never read the IVDP rules and so cannot give a direct version of the requirements of the 2/3rds rule - perhaps this is a good topic for Roy's next "ask the producer" session. However, my understanding was that the 2/3rds rule was applied to the your stocks in total and not to the type of ...
by AHB
14:34 Thu 18 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Mini Off-line in London on 19th Oct 07
Replies: 4
Views: 1819

Yes it does have to be tinfoil, although it can be tinfoil manufactured from aluminium (or aluminum in some parts of the world). The critical thing is that it must be indistinguishable from my tinfoil after one half bottle of port per person has been consumed. If we are particularly worried about th...
by AHB
14:31 Thu 18 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Anybody watching U-20 world cup
Replies: 65
Views: 9639

Don't worry Derek. All us English will be rooting for Scotland to beat Italy. After all, we know nothing annoys a Scotsman more than an Englishman supporting his own tartan team... ...and if Gordon Brown can support England in the rugby, then I'm sure you can too. After all, he is your prime ministe...
by AHB
14:23 Thu 18 Oct 2007
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Lindemans bin 50 Shiraz
Replies: 2
Views: 1180

But did it have any fairies dancing on your tongue? Or Willy Wisps elusively skipping out of reach?

Alex
by AHB
08:22 Wed 17 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Mini Off-line in London on 19th Oct 07
Replies: 4
Views: 1819

I can provide the tinfoil if a lack of tinfoil is putting anyone off joining us... I must say, I'm rather pleased with the plethora of drinking sessions that seem to be following me around at the moment. If anyone wants an excuse to open a nice bottle of port then please let me know and I'll see if ...
by AHB
18:47 Mon 15 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Christmas is Coming
Replies: 12
Views: 2137

I'm quite impressed by the selection of "not so good" port being offered to the whisky drinkers.

Alex
by AHB
18:42 Mon 15 Oct 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Time for a TN sort?
Replies: 417
Views: 84889

Julian, If I also want you to include links to the 2 non-Portuguese fortified wines for which I have posted tasting notes in the "Other Wines" section, please could you let me know what you need from me to make your life easy. Is it as simple as preparing a private message to you with the formatting...
by AHB
21:55 Sun 14 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1996 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 4
Views: 2160

6 hours on and a second tasting note. The colour hasn't changed much but the nose has softened and is now just pure blackcurrant cordial concentrate, fresh and invigorating. In the mouth the first impression is of fruit, the searing acidity has backed off a little. It's still there, but is no longer...
by AHB
21:45 Sun 14 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Please buy me…
Replies: 10
Views: 1703

In my opinion, the '97 Nacional (and even the '94 Nacional) are overpriced compared to the more mature vintages that you can buy. Would I prefer a bottle of the '63 that is drinking superbly today and will be better in 10 years and will then hold like that for another 50? Or would I prefer a bottle ...
by AHB
16:05 Sun 14 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1996 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 4
Views: 2160

1996 Quinta do Vesuvio

After a few indulgences in older and mature wines, I decided it was time to give my cellar a breather and to return to a wine that I want to follow as it develops with time. This is the first of a pair of bottles that I bought from Berrys' in December 2005 in one of their sales. This particular vint...
by AHB
00:10 Sun 14 Oct 2007
Forum: Travel
Topic: A Day in VNG - 30 Sep 07
Replies: 6
Views: 5454

Having had a fair few colheitas in the last year or so, I can say that I enjoy them occasionally - but will always buy a vintage port over a colheita when offered a straight choice.

But that's just my choice and I know others whose preference might be the other way round.

Alex
by AHB
23:55 Sat 13 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel or Restaurant Price List of the Week
Replies: 126
Views: 39263

Re: Jean Georges, in the Trump International Hotel & Tow

Jean Georges , in the Trump International Hotel & Tower : 1950 Cockburn $900 1912 Croft $2000 1996 Bomfim $96 1963 Fonseca $950 1908 Gilbey $1200 1966 Graham $600 1963 Graham $1000 1955 Graham $1500 1987 Nacional $800 1975 Nacional $1050 1985 Taylor $256 1970 Taylor $600 1955 Taylor $1500 1948 Tayl...
by AHB
11:52 Sat 13 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Warre
Replies: 1
Views: 1699

1970 Warre Vintage Port

Deep colour, holding right into the rim, Nose with an alcoholic overtone but with a lovely sweet menthol and licorice essence. Floods of sweet blackberries come into the mouth, with a light and creamy mid-palate. Lots of complexity in the development of the wine in the mouth. The aftertaste takes a ...
by AHB
11:51 Sat 13 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Taylor
Replies: 1
Views: 1809

1963 Taylors Vintage Port

9 hours double-decanted. A Berry Brothers bottling and one which has been in their cellars ever since. Deep red but transparent center, colour holding into the rim. Sweet, ripe fruit nose. A touch of mustiness, brambles and obvious alcohol. Full bodied entry, sweet but with a fierce mid-palate peppe...
by AHB
11:50 Sat 13 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Morgan
Replies: 0
Views: 1235

1991 Morgan Vintage Port

The remaining half bottle from the bottle opened on 9/10/07, having been stored in a full half bottle in a fridge for 3 days. A deep red colour, holding right into the rim, the colour expected of a vintage port around 15 years of age. The nose is slightly hot, but brings sweet mulberries out of the ...
by AHB
11:49 Sat 13 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1948 Graham
Replies: 0
Views: 1668

1948 Graham Vintage Port

17½ hours double-decanted. A bottle bought at auction and described in the catalogue as "Croft 1945". When the cork was pulled the wine was clearly not Croft 1945! Orange centre, deeply evolved colour, distinct orange rim - a wine which looks elderly. A nose of quince, honey, a touch of burnt rubber...
by AHB
11:48 Sat 13 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1980 Fonseca
Replies: 0
Views: 1438

1980 Fonseca Vintage Port

1 hour double-decanted. A clear colour, light and transparent; rosey hue with some bricking on the rim. A lovely, uplifting nose of herbs and lavender over a strawberry syrup. A sweet, neutral entry with lots of redcurrants and some raisins; a nice and spicey mid-palate. A sweet, gentle aftertaste d...
by AHB
11:47 Sat 13 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1955 Cockburn
Replies: 0
Views: 1598

1955 Cockburn Vintage Port

3 hours in the decanter. A solid, deep ruby core thinning into the rim and paling to an orange meniscus. A nose of sweet mandarins and marmalade with some lovely clover honey tones. A balanced entry, sweet but with acidity to offset the sweetness. Dried fruits like prunes and figs come through. A li...
by AHB
11:46 Sat 13 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1906 Quinta da Brunheda Colheita
Replies: 0
Views: 1653

1906 Quinta da Brunheda Colheita

A very dark brown colour, almost opaque at the centre. A maderised nose, very strong VA with a distinct appley core. A smooth impact with a lively sparkle from the VA. A lovely appley complexity and a stewed fruit mid-palate. The aftertaste brings a wallop of black molasses and creme brulee. I did n...