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by RAYC
22:42 Wed 24 Dec 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A glass of port with DrDirk
Replies: 41
Views: 9682

Re: A glass of port with DrDirk

Let's do blind to start with - 60s / 70s gives us a fighting chance!
by RAYC
22:37 Wed 24 Dec 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A glass of port with DrDirk
Replies: 41
Views: 9682

Re: A glass of port with DrDirk

Shumin Zheng may also come if there's space (Kurt and her came at approx this time 12 months ago (around Dec 2013 / Jan 2014) for Dr Dirk's last new year outing to London). She would drink approximately nothing, but contribute well....!
by RAYC
22:33 Wed 24 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Sandeman 20YO Tawny (Bottled 2013)
Replies: 8
Views: 1666

Re: 20Y Sandeman tawny

Are these TNs from the same bottle?
by RAYC
13:34 Wed 24 Dec 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A glass of port with DrDirk
Replies: 41
Views: 9682

Re: A glass of port with DrDirk

Kurt Ma as a probable additional attendee - TBC on Saturday
by RAYC
17:03 Fri 19 Dec 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: A glass of port with DrDirk
Replies: 41
Views: 9682

Re: A glass of port with DrDirk

Have changed my mind - will bring something from the 60s or 1970. Would also be happy with mixed theme and eating somewhere that provides a sufficiently refined dining experience to tempt Mrs B.
by RAYC
17:00 Fri 19 Dec 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 18th December - the 2014 Xmas Offline
Replies: 55
Views: 13630

Re: Thursday 18th December - the 2014 Xmas Offline

My apologies for not making it - I came down sick pretty hard during the course of Wednesday / overnight and - in hindsight - was rather optimistic in hoping that i'd improve enough during the course of thursday to attend (just getting myself gingerly out of bed / bathroom now). If i'd been sufficie...
by RAYC
03:42 Sun 14 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Advice please Gentlemen
Replies: 107
Views: 11024

Re: Advice please Gentlemen

There seem to be a few 77s with cork issues, but mainly Dow, Nierpoort and that's it, I think. i've never had an issue with Niepoort 77 corks, although they are off-puttingly short. It's not that bad wines were made in 1977, the corks were just poop and have caused all sorts of problems. Not all of...
by RAYC
17:09 Fri 12 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Advice please Gentlemen
Replies: 107
Views: 11024

Re: Advice please Gentlemen

I quote; "They have been with a 3rd party supplier until recently, good condition, not recorked." I wonder who the 3rd man was? Cue zither music... Might just be someone new who is referring to Fells... The labels, selo and capsules on this stock look brand new (the label in particular is the perfo...
by RAYC
14:58 Fri 12 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Advice please Gentlemen
Replies: 107
Views: 11024

Re: Advice please Gentlemen

But I was thinking of the original question; Christmas is coming, so what port would you recommend for someone to buy as a single bottle with price, quality and availability at the front of your thoughts? Last year I recommended the Sainsbury TTD 03 to several people - I thought that was drinking w...
by RAYC
20:32 Wed 10 Dec 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 18th December - the 2014 Xmas Offline
Replies: 55
Views: 13630

Re: Thursday 18th December - the 2014 Xmas Offline

Regarding layout on the sticky labels
by RAYC
18:46 Wed 10 Dec 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 18th December - the 2014 Xmas Offline
Replies: 55
Views: 13630

Re: Thursday 18th December - the 2014 Xmas Offline

I still have lots of the sticky labels, so happy to print.

If you are still doing the sheets, can I remind you of this previous discussion: link
by RAYC
14:49 Wed 10 Dec 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Thursday 18th December - the 2014 Xmas Offline
Replies: 55
Views: 13630

Re: Thursday 18th December - the 2014 Xmas Offline

I am sorry to hear that. I don't want to discourage regular TPF event attendees from taking this space, but 10 people has always been a bit of a squeeze at the Bell so I don't think we desperately need to fill the space for the sake of it (i.e. with non-TPF friends) If the steaks have already been o...
by RAYC
17:17 Tue 09 Dec 2014
Forum: Beer, Spirits, Cigars, and Pork Pies
Topic: Cigars and Wine
Replies: 12
Views: 3204

Re: Cigars and Wine

flash_uk wrote:Just been surfing to find somewhere in London with live jazz and something approaching a private dining area, with potential to allow corkage and thus port to be consumed. Have drawn a blank.
Sorry I didn't see this before - did you try Boisedale near Paddington for this?
by RAYC
18:55 Fri 05 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 6415

Re: 1994 Tesco

Looking back through the TNs of Tesco 94, you do seem to have picked somewhat of an outlier to quote (even if you restrict yourself to AHB's TNs)! I'd love to try one of the good bottles (I may have had one or two back in 2008...), but based on current experience (all very stewed) I would not now bu...
by RAYC
00:36 Fri 05 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Tesco
Replies: 78
Views: 6415

Re: 1994 Tesco

LGTrotter wrote:LBV port in most of it's guises is a lesser beast than the Tesco 94.
hmmm....not the bottles of Tesco 1994 I've drunk over the last couple of years.
by RAYC
14:33 Tue 02 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A dry red port?
Replies: 24
Views: 2053

Re: A dry red port?

flash_uk wrote:Perhaps this particular dry style was discontinued after the Oporto-only bottling regulations came into force in the early '70s?
I would have thought that dryness would require a difference in the process of making the port, rather than being in the control of overseas bottlers.
by RAYC
11:10 Mon 01 Dec 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Dow's 2007 vs 2011
Replies: 17
Views: 2039

Re: Dow's 2007 vs 2011

Phillyant23 wrote:My true intention is to enjoy one 2011 in my 40th birthday (2021) and one on my 50th (2031)
I would think that Dow 1970 would be absolutely perfect for this!
by RAYC
16:00 Thu 27 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port bonds for christenings / weddings etc.
Replies: 16
Views: 3096

Re: Port bonds for christenings / weddings etc.

I think the first round of press announcements mentioned it would be available from December. And possibly from Fortnums (given the quote included from the Fortnums winebuyer)
by RAYC
16:27 Wed 26 Nov 2014
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Mz Vertical - 75 years of Martinez - London, 26 Nov 2014
Replies: 76
Views: 17750

Re: Mz Vertical - 75 years of Martinez - London, 26 Nov 2014

Please put me on the end of the table - work looks like making me late. Please post or email (phone out of battery and in meetings for next couple of hours) if you want me to bring a back-up bottle of Martinez 70 (my acquisition cost was c.£60 - other bottle from same group was good). I will check h...
by RAYC
11:59 Mon 24 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Cask 33
Replies: 26
Views: 1745

Re: Cask 33

Now on sale at £500ib at BBR.
by RAYC
11:57 Mon 24 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quinta das Lamelas
Replies: 7
Views: 2361

Re: Quinta das Lamelas

AHB wrote:I think I've only seen the tawny port from Lamelas. Did you get to try their vintage ports? What did you think of them?
You (and several other here) had the Lamelas 07 VP (bottled 2010) at this tasting: link
by RAYC
16:38 Mon 17 Nov 2014
Forum: Selling Port
Topic: Quinta do Noval Nacional 2004
Replies: 3
Views: 1771

Re: Quinta do Noval Nacional 2004

The release price was already quite full, I thought (equal to the 2011 Noval Nacional, from BBR at least). I would imagine that many people on this board - if they were interested in a few bottles of Noval Nacional 2004 - will have already purchased from Noval direct or through a merchant, so lack o...
by RAYC
12:28 Mon 17 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Fonseca 1985 VP
Replies: 31
Views: 1813

Re: Fonseca 1985 VP

I think i've had between 10 and 20 bottles of Fonseca 85 from various sources (both original UK release and the recent ex-cellars release) and it has always left me slightly disappointed (given its reputation).

However, I have a fair bit of stock just in case others turn out to be right about it.
by RAYC
10:38 Mon 17 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Identifying mystery port
Replies: 29
Views: 3085

Re: Identifying mystery port

I have also come across "relabelled and recorked"
by RAYC
04:07 Mon 17 Nov 2014
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Identifying mystery port
Replies: 29
Views: 3085

Re: Identifying mystery port

mattmoy_2000 wrote:The glass is dark green (so it's not Fonseca)
Not wholly on topic, but I'm curious about what leads you to make this statement....off the top of my head, I have some BBR-bottled Fonseca 1970 in dark green bottles