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by PhilW
09:50 Fri 16 Sep 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 19 September in London at The Steak Exchange
Replies: 58
Views: 9737

Re: 19 September in London at The Steak Exchange

Hi guys - mind if I join you on Monday? I wasn't expecting to be able to make it, which would have been ironic since you have 2 of my 3 favourite ports on the menu (with the other, F70, being banned on criteria), but issues have resolved which mean I would be able to attend. I had a quick chat with ...
by PhilW
17:41 Mon 12 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1830

Re: TCA Taint removal

I'd have to play with a piece to remind myself how to do it, but there is an old bit of lab origami that involves folding a filter paper in such a way as to increase the flow rate by increasing the surface area, and keeping part of it away from the funnel wall at the same time. With a small vacuum ...
by PhilW
11:23 Mon 12 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1830

Re: TCA Taint removal

There is a system for batch-testing corks for TCA - Does anyone have the detail of the testing system used? In the reading around the subject I've been doing, one method appears to be to soak a batch of corks in a 'representative simple wine' for a defined period, measuring the TCA present in the s...
by PhilW
13:10 Fri 09 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 1997 Warre VP for $40?
Replies: 12
Views: 995

Re: 1997 Warre VP for $40?

Nice, congrats :) I'm still a port auction virgin at the moment (not counting ebay!) and have not yet registered etc so have only been watching and information gathering. I would have bid on Lot3 (6xW91, 6xW94, 12xW97, went for £805). I'd also have been tempted by the 12xW00, 12xW03, 12xW07 which we...
by PhilW
12:59 Fri 09 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1830

Re: TCA Taint removal

I also came across this which appears to be one of the methods used by wine manufacturers prior to bottling. Although it looks as though it is only supplied for commercial high volume use, I wondered if it might be possible for us to obtain samples of this to test decanting through next time a TCA-t...
by PhilW
08:59 Fri 09 Sep 2011
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: EU purchasing/import regulations?
Replies: 2
Views: 2109

Re: EU purchasing/import regulations?

Thanks Jacob; On this occaison it's only a small quantity so limits should not be an issue. I was also thinking ahead regarding future Douro visit options - options could be visiting by motorbike (very limited options for carrying bottle home, but great journey), car with friend (greater carrying ca...
by PhilW
09:32 Thu 08 Sep 2011
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: EU purchasing/import regulations?
Replies: 2
Views: 2109

EU purchasing/import regulations?

I used to travel regularly to Europe and transatlantic, but have done so very little in the last few years. As I'm currently considering purchase of some Brandy from Germany as a present for my wife, I find I have no idea on the current rules regarding import (quantities, costs etc) - anyone know of...
by PhilW
08:58 Thu 08 Sep 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 248201

Re: Apostrophe crimes

For me, it is the combination of "almost" and "exactly" that makes the phrase strange. "Almost" says this is not precise. "Exactly" says that it is. I'd be fine with "almost 56.9 cl" or "just over 56.8 cl". To reinforce Julian's point, if you bought 11 bottles of Port then "almost a case" works whi...
by PhilW
08:38 Thu 08 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time and cork flavour musings
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: Decanting time and cork flavour musings

2. The nose quickly acclimatises to TCA, so it becomes less obvious on each sniff Personally, i don't find this (though have heard other people mention the phenomenon). Again, especially where the taint if minor, it might take a while for my mind to distinguish the exact nature of the imperfection ...
by PhilW
16:03 Wed 07 Sep 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 248201

Re: Apostrophe crimes

In that case would "Almost 2.736252776" not also be acceptable in the same context, meaning a number slightly less than 2.736252776 within a 'reasonable' range (whatever 'reasonable' means in the particular context, but in the same manner as whatever range 'about' would mean in the same context) ?
by PhilW
15:15 Wed 07 Sep 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 248201

Re: Apostrophe crimes

Would "about 2.736252776554776967667645540096" therefore also be acceptable?
I would have expected most people to argue that as being grim.
by PhilW
15:11 Wed 07 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1830

Re: TCA Taint removal

DRT has been known to use a scrumpled wad of cling film. See here Aha, I guessed it might have been tried. I myself have never tried. But reading the thread it makes me wonder why we don't go to tastings armed with cling film just in case. I was wondering about cling film, whether it might be suffi...
by PhilW
14:48 Wed 07 Sep 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 248201

Re: Apostrophe crimes

One might drink about 2.8 bottles of port, and then say that the morning’s work is done. Hmm. I'd agree that usage of "almost" is natural over any discrete range i.e. with a known limited precision such as integers or (as per previous suggestion) tenths; but if "almost" is not acceptable for non-co...
by PhilW
14:34 Wed 07 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: TCA Taint removal
Replies: 14
Views: 1830

TCA Taint removal

On researching another issue , I came across information which appeared to be genuine on methods for TCA removal. I am interested to know if anyone here has attempted this, and if so their success. From here , and more specifically a reference here , it would appear that temporary addition of a Poly...
by PhilW
14:06 Wed 07 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time and cork flavour musings
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: Decanting time and cork flavour musings

Phil - do you mean a "cork" flavour/taste in a literal sense, or one of the flavours usually associated (for me, at least) with "corked wine" (mustiness, wet cardboard, mildew, old sports bag etc.)? It's difficult to be definitive on that point in retrospect; In my mind I do mean it literally, but ...
by PhilW
12:02 Wed 07 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time and cork flavour musings
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Re: Decanting time and cork flavour musings

Hmmm. Are you sure it was corked? I agree with DRT's assertion that once it's corked, it stays corked. Indeed, that has always been my understanding too. For (non-fortified) wine, I've only ever had one bottle which was corked, and it was absolute vinegar, so the problem was obvious. I tried to be ...
by PhilW
09:35 Tue 06 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Decanting time and cork flavour musings
Replies: 12
Views: 1270

Decanting time and cork flavour musings

In light of recent experience (below), I'm interested in people's opinions on ideal decant times, both in general and particularly in relation to bottles with initial cork taste. The recent experience: On Friday night I opened and decanted an Offley 85. Cork whole, not dried out; decant went fine. -...
by PhilW
09:14 Tue 06 Sep 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2049
Views: 248201

Re: Apostrophe crimes

‟almost zero”, ‟almost equal to”, ‟almost half” or even ‟almost three”. Unless, of course, these concepts are not to be regarded as absolute. As elements of ℝ, these are just fine. As elements of â„• or ℤ (or, less passionately, of â„š), the ‟almost” rankles. Over what set does the ‟almost...
by PhilW
14:47 Mon 05 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1945 Graham
Replies: 5
Views: 1607

Re: 1945 Graham

RAYC wrote:This was a stunning, perfectly mature, port - easily the greatest i have tasted this year, and perhaps ever.
Not too shabby for "emergency drinking" then! :shock:
by PhilW
09:23 Mon 05 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A pleasant surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 1544

Re: A pleasant surprise

JacobH wrote:One other thought: if you were last trying these LBVs a few years ago, I wasn’t very impressed with the big shippers’ offerings in the early 2000s (e.g. 2001-3).
Yes, spot on; it would have been 2000-4/5 at the time; I definitely gave up on LBVs after that until the recent attempt.
by PhilW
09:21 Mon 05 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2004 Fortnum and Mason LBV
Replies: 3
Views: 1164

Re: 2004 Fortnum & Mason’s LBV (by Niepoort)

After going on a Phil about how good Niepoort’s LBVs are, I thought I should drink one. This was from a half-bottle bought in the sale a while ago. It is unfiltered LBV and bottled in 2008. The back of the bottle said it was an exclusive blend and since the cork was branded ‟Fortnum & Mason” and n...
by PhilW
11:04 Fri 02 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A pleasant surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 1544

Re: A pleasant surprise

Hi Jacob, thanks for the info above, very instructive. I think my past experience with LBV was mostly with bottles I had been bought by other people who knew I liked port, and likely all fell into your second category (definitely at least a couple of Taylors in there) which probably explains why I h...
by PhilW
10:51 Tue 30 Aug 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 367656

Re: One quiz at a time

Castrol?
by PhilW
17:15 Mon 29 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A pleasant surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 1544

Re: A pleasant surprise

What LBV's have you tried that you didn't like? All of them... until Saturday. To be fair though, it's not a huge number - until discovering the port forum earlier this year my port tasting has all been solo experiments, so while I found what I liked (F70,W77) I had found only that each time I'd tr...
by PhilW
17:03 Mon 29 Aug 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 367656

Re: One quiz at a time

Dinky (toys) ?