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by AHB
18:41 Wed 05 Aug 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: VE (etc) Day Tasting - TBC
Replies: 56
Views: 5477

Re: VE-Day Tasting?

Works for me
by AHB
18:40 Wed 05 Aug 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 12 August - The Boot & Flogger?
Replies: 33
Views: 2730

Re: Monday 17 August - Hawksmoor Air Street?

I've been exchanging emails with Gary at the Boot & Flogger.

If we can switch dates to Wednesday 12th August (that's a week today), he would be delighted to accommodate us.

Please could you let me know if Wednesday 12th at the B&F would work for you?
by AHB
09:44 Wed 05 Aug 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 12 August - The Boot & Flogger?
Replies: 33
Views: 2730

Re: Monday 17 August - Hawksmoor Air Street?

Slight problem - all the Hawksmoors that are open in London are fully booked on Mondays in August. It seems lots of wine lovers had the same idea as me but were quicker off the mark. I'm on the waiting list but may need to organise an alternative venue at short notice. The B&F reopens on 5 August! ...
by AHB
23:12 Sat 01 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Samples with cases of ports
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: Samples with cases of ports

I don't think an exercise like this needs to be down to the producers. Once bottles have been shipped and are outside the control of the IVDP / producers you can decant into different formats as you please. I own the only three Tappit Hens of Quinta do Vesuvio 2011 that exist. I own them because I h...
by AHB
23:05 Sat 01 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: White Port
Replies: 31
Views: 4829

Re: White Port

My go to white has become the Quinta das Lamelas 10 year old. It's not cheap, but it is delicious and so easy to drink chilled from the fridge on a warm summer's day. It seems to disappear alarmingly quickly. Interesting. I’ll have a look for a bottle of that: I’ve tried a few of their wines over t...
by AHB
22:51 Sat 01 Aug 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 12 August - The Boot & Flogger?
Replies: 33
Views: 2730

Re: Monday 17 August - Hawksmoor Air Street?

Slight problem - all the Hawksmoors that are open in London are fully booked on Mondays in August. It seems lots of wine lovers had the same idea as me but were quicker off the mark.

I'm on the waiting list but may need to organise an alternative venue at short notice.
by AHB
12:41 Sat 01 Aug 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: White Port
Replies: 31
Views: 4829

Re: White Port

I really agree with you Jacob. Over the last 2-3 years - since visiting Quinta das Lamelas and after Kopke's masterclass on White Port at the BFT a couple of years ago - I have been drinking much more white Port than in previous years. Mrs B has also decided that white Port is her drink of choice; s...
by AHB
17:14 Thu 30 Jul 2020
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port
Replies: 13
Views: 2633

Re: 1985 Taylo'rs Vintage port

Jeremy It is a lovely Port which will be drinking wonderfully for another decade or two. After Christmas dinner might not be the best time to appreciate the Port - I know my Christmas dinners tend to leave me feeling vastly overfed and worse for wear. If you can, open the bottle when it will be the ...
by AHB
17:11 Thu 30 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Wednesday 12 August - The Boot & Flogger?
Replies: 33
Views: 2730

Wednesday 12 August - The Boot & Flogger?

Hawksmoor recently emailed me to say that they were using the government "eat out to help out" scheme to offer August Monday-Wednesday diners the option of steak & chips for £10 per head, this being based on a 300g (10oz) 35 day dry aged rump. And Hawksmoor continues to offer their Monday Night Wine...
by AHB
17:03 Thu 30 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 2218

Re: Virtual Tasting #10, Tuesday 4 August 2020

Simon - can you fit another socially distanced person in the room with you when we get back from dinner (assuming I have permission to join you)? I'll bring a bottle to share...
by AHB
17:00 Thu 30 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Quevedo Tasting 2 - 30th July 2020
Replies: 26
Views: 3401

Re: Quevedo Tasting 2 - 30th July 2020

Thanks Mike - please include me in the invite
by AHB
14:59 Sun 26 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW
Replies: 23
Views: 3375

Re: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW

And did you notice that your question on the 20cl bottle was asked?
by AHB
18:24 Sat 25 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Tinto
Replies: 0
Views: 486

2017 Quinta da Fonte Souto Tinto

This is the wine from the estate acquired by the Symington Family last year (or was it 2018?) in the Alentejo. Vinified from the harvest of old vines. This bottle really rewarded being opened and decanted 60 minutes before being drunk. I tasted a sample as I decanted and the extra time allowed the w...
by AHB
10:57 Fri 24 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Ferreira
Replies: 0
Views: 667

2018 Ferreira

A cask sample in half bottle drunk over the course of four days to allow the wine to show its full potential. Sweet flower perfumed nose, rock rose and black fruits. A lovely smooth texture bringing layer after layer of flavour - first the rich, full and sweet blackcurrant, then a fine floral perfum...
by AHB
10:55 Fri 24 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Offley
Replies: 0
Views: 607

2018 Offley

A cask sample in half bottle tasted over the course of four days to allow the wine to show its full potential. Deep purple in colour with a narrow rim. Sweet blueberries on the nose. Poised and balanced entry, with the sweet fat fruit very nicely balanced by a pronounced ground peppercorn; plenty of...
by AHB
10:52 Fri 24 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2018 Sandeman
Replies: 0
Views: 615

2018 Sandeman

A cask sample in half bottle tasted over the course of 4 days to allow the wine to show its full potential. A lovely nose of perfumed black mulberry fruit, pronounced and very attractive. Smooth and sophisticated texture on the palate. Rich and pure blackcurrant: sweet, honeyed and perfectly ripe. G...
by AHB
12:13 Tue 21 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW
Replies: 23
Views: 3375

Re: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW

Anyone else interested in a Zoom chat after the Sherry / Montilla Moriles tasting? I'm happy to set up a zoom call and send the link out to people.
by AHB
12:04 Tue 21 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Churchill Crusted Port Tasting 28 July
Replies: 5
Views: 1049

Re: Churchill Crusted Port Tasting 28 July

I plan to be on the tasting, although I haven't bought the tasting pack.

Graham, Fonseca and Quevedo also regularly bottle Crusted Port. Graham Crusted is a regular bottle in UK supermarkets.
by AHB
09:24 Mon 20 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port cocktails
Replies: 48
Views: 6664

Re: Port cocktails

You can make (almost) 100% ABV, but there are some additional processes which need to be followed after distillation to achieve this. I used to use (and occasionally make) reagent grade ethanol in my youthful days as a research chemist. If you're drinking it, it's not worth going any more concentrat...
by AHB
14:30 Fri 17 Jul 2020
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Olive Oil
Replies: 14
Views: 9722

Re: Olive Oil

I’m still regularly using the Noval olive oil and have already placed an order for the 2020 vintage. My taste in oil is quite different from yours. I like grassy, fruity oil so the ones which immediately come to mind are probably not oils you would choose. Vargellas still make olive oil and I’ve see...
by AHB
14:22 Fri 17 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”
Replies: 13
Views: 1525

Re: “ Bye-bye to corked wine”

jdaw1 wrote:
22:54 Wed 15 Jul 2020
Very interesting. I wonder whether Cork Supply would undertake to refund the cost of wine nonetheless corked?
Probably not since the cork is only one possible source of TCA. Poor winery hygiene is another major source.
by AHB
14:02 Tue 14 Jul 2020
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW
Replies: 23
Views: 3375

Re: Sherry Tasting with Sarah Jane Evans MW

Fino only lasts a week, two at the most if kept in the fridge, once opened.

The 20cl bottles were a special request, I don’t think they’re a standard size...but the producers And their UK agents will be watching the tasting so please ask the question as to where you can buy them.
by AHB
09:09 Tue 14 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1963

Re: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020

And I have just selected and stood up my bottle for this evening.
by AHB
08:58 Tue 14 Jul 2020
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Johnnie Walker whisky to be sold in paper bottles
Replies: 6
Views: 991

Re: Johnnie Walker whisky to be sold in paper bottles

I've got a great idea for packaging. Why not use large wooden bottles which can be returned, reused and refilled once emptied? We'd need to come up with a name for them — barrels, perhaps, or hogsheads for half barrel size. Or for the person who wants a smaller container, we could put a food grade l...
by AHB
08:48 Tue 14 Jul 2020
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020
Replies: 21
Views: 1963

Re: Virtual Tasting #9 - Tuesday 14 July 2020

Invite has just gone out. Let me know if anyone needs it resent or if I've invited you all to a meeting starting at 7am...