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by PhilW
09:23 Mon 05 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A pleasant surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 1597

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: 1278

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: 1597

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: 399478

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: 1597

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: 399478

Re: One quiz at a time

Dinky (toys) ?
by PhilW
17:20 Sun 28 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: A pleasant surprise
Replies: 11
Views: 1597

A pleasant surprise

Despite the fact that every previous time I've tried an LBV I have felt it wasn't worth it, I bought a bottle of the Croft unfiltered LBV 2004 during the recent offer, just to try. I decanted it on Fri night and drank it last night and was very pleasantly suprised - finally an LBV that I actually en...
by PhilW
17:13 Sun 28 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Finding a new favourite vintage port
Replies: 37
Views: 5510

Re: Finding a new favourite vintage port

Thanks to all for their suggestions and the various ports I have had opportunity to try at a couple of offlines, I currently have a short-list of suitable replacement 'favourite' vintage ports, as follows: 1= Calem 85 1= Morgan 91 3 [runner up] Warre 91 However, since both top choices are essentiall...
by PhilW
17:02 Sun 28 Aug 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: One quiz at a time
Replies: 9532
Views: 399478

Re: One quiz at a time

Procter and Gamble?
by PhilW
11:53 Sat 27 Aug 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: TPF 2011 Offline Summary
Replies: 6
Views: 2684

Re: TPF 2011 Offline Summary

suggestion: a first post update would be useful.
by PhilW
11:46 Sat 27 Aug 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 11 October 2011 - Dow, Fonseca, Graham and Taylor
Replies: 95
Views: 20465

Re: 11 October 2011 - Dow, Fonseca, Graham and Taylor

If we cannot ... (b)find two or three to form a decanting team then I suggest we do not attempt to do this blind as it will be a disaster. Provided I know sufficiently in advance (which this is), I'm happy to arrange to have the day off on the 11th, and could then be available as early in the day a...
by PhilW
11:53 Fri 19 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1991 Dow
Replies: 0
Views: 1003

1991 Dow

Dow 91 VP Decant: Decanted 24hrs before tasting Sight: Medium dark port, not quite reached the slight amber edge yet though close. Smell: Full fresh blackcurrants, some vanilla Taste: - Slightly sour edge on initial taste, but otherwise full flavour, lots of blackberries with some strawberries and v...
by PhilW
11:39 Fri 19 Aug 2011
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Private Purchasing section idea
Replies: 1
Views: 2392

Private Purchasing section idea

Might it be worth having a non-public forum as part of the website to allow non-public discussion of possible purchasing opportunities? I'm thinking of scenarios where a few interesting bottles crop up and we might want to buy some between us, or where they are either not of interest or (for example...
by PhilW
08:34 Wed 17 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Glasses Test
Replies: 59
Views: 13630

Re: Port Glasses Test

Philw, you need a control smell in between each sniff. I did think about that, but could not think of a suitable olfactory cleanser as opposed to something which simply overrides, and would therefore likely be no more valid than a suitable pause. Tap water. I'm assuming you're suggesting smelling i...
by PhilW
22:15 Tue 16 Aug 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Squeeze Box / Candy and a Currant Bun
Replies: 6
Views: 1583

Re: Squeeze Box / Candy and a Currant Bun

Readers are invited to suggest names in this spirit for port, whether ruby, tawny, or other. Wow, so many to choose from... ok I'll have a go at this: Ruby - "Sink the Pink" or "Whole Lotta Rosie" VP - "Thunderstruck" Jereboams of VP - "It's a Long Way to the Top" .... and one extra for champagne -...
by PhilW
22:03 Tue 16 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Glasses Test
Replies: 59
Views: 13630

Re: Port Glasses Test

Philw, you need a control smell in between each sniff. I did think about that, but could not think of a suitable olfactory cleanser as opposed to something which simply overrides, and would therefore likely be no more valid than a suitable pause. Btw which riedels are you using? Riedel makes well o...
by PhilW
11:17 Tue 16 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port Glasses Test
Replies: 59
Views: 13630

Re: Port Glasses Test

I decided it was about time to join in with this experiment and post my notes, especially after my wife generously bought me a pair of Riedel port glasses for our anniversary :D The Setup: http://img585.imageshack.us/img585/7767/dsc0002lf.jpg One bottle of Dow 1991, decanted through medical gauze 24...
by PhilW
08:08 Tue 16 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quevedo VP availability
Replies: 22
Views: 3206

Re: Quevedo VP availability

If you're in no great hurry, I'll probably be shipping another pallet or two from Quevedo next year - remind me around March time.. Thanks Tom, am certainly in no hurry so if I can piggy back my small request that would likely be ideal - I love the scale though, I'm thinking about picking up a few ...
by PhilW
16:37 Mon 15 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Quevedo VP availability
Replies: 22
Views: 3206

Quevedo VP availability

Does anyone know of a UK source for Quevedo VP? As someone who only buys small quantities I realise it's unlikely, but thought I'd ask just in case. Obviously it won't be ready for drinking for a long time, but I was reading a description of the Quevedo 2005 which sounded delicious and would be temp...
by PhilW
23:31 Fri 12 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Recording cellar temperature and humidity
Replies: 8
Views: 1625

Re: Recording cellar temperature and humidity

Slightly more expensive, but given the distance to your celler, you might consider something like this , i.e. to allow on demand remote access and/or regular data upload over GSM/GPRS to home PC and alarms via SMS. This was the first I found doing a quick check as I was sure someone would have made ...
by PhilW
09:00 Thu 11 Aug 2011
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Port from the Nineteen Nineties, Mon 08 August 2011
Replies: 24
Views: 6260

Re: Port from the Nineteen Nineties, Mon 08 August 2011

I thoroughly enjoyed Mon night, both for the chance to expand my exprience with different ports and for the opportunity to meet more TPF-ers. Unfortunately my tasting notes were swept up in the end of night clean-up which is a pity (probably due to my slightly less than sober state and hence failure...
by PhilW
19:03 Sun 07 Aug 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s
Replies: 76
Views: 14452

Re: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s

I don't have the labels you mention, but have scissors and sellotape - I'll print and bring on standard A4 unless anyone else posts to the contrary.

Phil.
by PhilW
09:58 Wed 27 Jul 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The ageing of Uncle T’s cellar
Replies: 37
Views: 3565

Re: A northern port tasting

The actual current numbers are: Average age: 28 years, 10 months, 2 days, 15 hours and 23 minutes Total number of bottles of VP: 3503 Tom just.... wow.... :shock: I recently attended a wedding at one of the Cambridge colleges, and at the meal was considering asking them to see their cellar, just ou...
by PhilW
09:07 Wed 27 Jul 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: The ageing of Uncle T’s cellar
Replies: 37
Views: 3565

Re: A northern port tasting

According to my computer, opening the 1851 reduced the average age of the bottles in my cellar by all of 13 days.. If, before opening the 1851, the average age was 30 years, then Tom has about 3650 bottles. If 20 years, then 3930 bottles. If 40, 3370; and if 50, 3090. An interesting and suprisingly...
by PhilW
12:29 Wed 20 Jul 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Berry's "Port Walk" - 1 December 2011
Replies: 18
Views: 2933

Re: Berry's "Port Walk" - 1 December 2011

Thanks for the heads-up; I'll be there too... now all we have to do is persuade them to hold it at TCP or the Steak Exchange... ;)