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by AHB
00:52 Wed 24 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 14
Views: 3473

The Vesuvio wines that I have tried all have a house style that is their own, but which I find dominated by blackcurrant cordial more than any other house. However, it is tough to know how this house style will mature or where it will go. I agree with Derek that the 1989 and 1990 should be drunk soo...
by AHB
21:15 Tue 23 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1996 Quinta do Vesuvio
Replies: 4
Views: 2198

This wine drank beautifully over the course of 3 days, softening and changing over that time but extremely enjoyable at all stages when I tasted it. On the third day, the tannins became more apparent on the midpalate, but the port remained ripe, soft and dominated by fruit. This is an extremely enjo...
by AHB
21:09 Tue 23 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Geeks
Replies: 29
Views: 3808

Or when you write tasting notes that resort to "fairies dancing on your tongue" and "elusive Will O' The Wisps" evading your tastebuds?

:wink:
by AHB
20:58 Tue 23 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Rubbish Week for British Sport
Replies: 19
Views: 2149

Hold on - leave the England cricket team out of this wallow in self-pity. This rubbish team were the winners of a one day series in Sri Lanka for this first time in history. That's an achievement, at least.
by AHB
20:53 Tue 23 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Formula 1 - is it corrupt?
Replies: 6
Views: 1239

I would reply with my thoughts, but unfortunately the laws of libel are vigorously pursued by Bernie Eccleston and the FIA, so I shall simply confine myself to saying that I am a great fan of Formula 1 but will not be convinced of the fairness of the driver's championships until there are 20 races a...
by AHB
20:49 Tue 23 Oct 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Offline at Simon Lisle's House
Replies: 8
Views: 3267

Given the extra clue, could this be the Sandeman 1963? English bottled and quite lovely when a good bottle is found.

Is this the wine? If so, I don't feel too foolish as this falls within the range that I estimated from the look of the bottle.

Alex
by AHB
18:34 Sun 21 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Anybody watching U-20 world cup
Replies: 65
Views: 9821

I think South Africa deserved the win and had the best team at the tournament. The non-Try was so close with Cueto's toe on the line that nobody could grumble if it had been given or not. I'm not complaining about the result, either. It was a close game, I don't think the ref's inconsistencies chan...
by AHB
18:23 Sun 21 Oct 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Offline at Simon Lisle's House
Replies: 8
Views: 3267

Derek, Just a note which I am sure that you are aware of - the tem Garrafiera only gained a legal meaning relatively recently (I am not sure when). Prior to the legal definition, it simply meant "an old wine". Your 1917 could have been vintage or colheita (or what we know as a garrafeira today), but...
by AHB
17:57 Sun 21 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Something AHB Tasted
Replies: 27
Views: 3744

I guessed a '91 Vargellas, but was wrong. After that guess, Derek did give me some help in that it was from the '80s and was not a major name nor a major declaration year. As an aside, while the Nacional '67 is still young enough to appear similar to this description, the two '64s that I have drunk ...
by AHB
17:51 Sun 21 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The 2/3rds Rule
Replies: 11
Views: 2073

When I thought that through, the logical conclusion is that the producer will never be able to (a) release a large parcel of a particular wine (like the Morgan 1991) that take out more than a third of his stocks; or (b) be able to sell his last two bottles of a particular vintage. I think its more p...
by AHB
08:00 Sat 20 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Dow
Replies: 0
Views: 1439

1983 Dow Vintage Port

Shared with Derek at the CP. From a half bottle. Deep ruby colour, transparent centre and paling into the rim but colour holding firm. A nose of raspberries and white cherry juice, lots of levnder perfume. Dry entry, a touch of bitterness dominating over the fruit. The mid-palate brings more cherrie...
by AHB
07:57 Sat 20 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Something AHB Tasted
Replies: 27
Views: 3744

Err, Derek. Conky was pretty close. Anyway, here's my note: Mid-red colour, slightly darker than the Dow 1983 tasted at the same time; colour showing a little development in the bottle. Nose dominated at first by mint and alcohol, some tones of reductibe aging - some toffee and strawberry ice cream....
by AHB
19:19 Fri 19 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor 85. £45 at Cosco.
Replies: 16
Views: 2155

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: 2155

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: 2806

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: 9821

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: 9821

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: 2073

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: 2073

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: 1842

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: 9821

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: 1198

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: 1842

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: 2197

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: 85709

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...