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by PhilW
08:23 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Dow
Replies: 4
Views: 1721

Re: 1966 Dow

Another very good port, light to medium colour, very fruity to taste with a gentle sweetness and slight hint of acidity, very well balanced; good.
by PhilW
08:21 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Graham
Replies: 4
Views: 1993

Re: 1966 Graham

Superb and my WOTN... and the only 66 against which I wrote no notes (oops!)... must have been enjoying it too much :D
by PhilW
08:18 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Graham
Replies: 4
Views: 1773

Re: 1963 Graham

Light to medium colour (typical 63), good flavour, quite complex; not too full, but lovely; My best of the 63s and 3rd choice for WOTN.
by PhilW
08:16 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Fonseca
Replies: 5
Views: 2356

Re: 1963 Fonseca

Light to medium colour (typical 63), slightly sweeter on the nose and slightly acidic; overall good, but perhaps not as good as it should have been; longer decant needed maybe? good.
by PhilW
08:14 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1963 Taylor
Replies: 4
Views: 1766

Re: 1963 Taylor

Light to medium colour, very slightly darker than the other 63s. Medicinal hint on the nose, very flat flavour in the mouth; a little wood, and hint of VA on the finish. Overall an obviously damaged port. Poor.
by PhilW
08:10 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Churchill
Replies: 10
Views: 2412

Re: 1985 Churchill

Agree with Rob - sounds like you had an unlucky bottle; I've been pretty impressed with the Ch85 I've had so far (enough to share a case purchase) and would rate it as a very good "pleasant drinking" VP; Not as good as F70, W77, G66 etc (can't comment on the G/Cr45 sadly) but very drinkable. Would b...
by PhilW
08:00 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tawny suggestion pls
Replies: 21
Views: 4640

Re: Tawny suggestion pls

I haven't bought many tawnies; they've typically fallen into the same camp as LBVs for me i.e. each time I've tried I've thought "I should have saved my money for VP". That said, I've tried very few tawnies, hence the request for suggestion to ensure I had selected a typical 'decent' one (rather tha...
by PhilW
07:55 Tue 18 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1
Replies: 87
Views: 19488

Re: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1

jdaw1 wrote:On further thought, pre-Christmas we should go where we are known. I have never been to the Steak Exchange. Would that be a cause of upset to people?
Not for me - I like the Steak Exchange and am happy to return there again.
by PhilW
12:51 Mon 17 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tawny suggestion pls
Replies: 21
Views: 4640

Re: Tawny suggestion pls

Thanks Rob - Warre Otima 10 looks like a good suggestion, my only concern being whether it would show enough Tawny character at that age to be representative? I notice that Warre also do an Otima 20, though I haven't seen it around (unlike the 10 which I've seen commonly). Most of the group who woul...
by PhilW
09:26 Mon 17 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Tawny suggestion pls
Replies: 21
Views: 4640

Tawny suggestion pls

Hi, I have a number of friends who would say they "love port", by which they mean they enjoy an occasional glass of whatever Ruby/LBV may be available at the end of an evening at a restaurant. We're planning to have a number of them over for a celebration in a couple of weeks and I thought why not t...
by PhilW
11:11 Fri 14 Oct 2011
Forum: Reviews
Topic: Tue 11 Oct 2011, RAF Club, {D, F, G, T}×{’63, ’66, ’70, ’77}
Replies: 14
Views: 6405

Re: Tue 11 Oct 2011, RAF Club, {D, F, G, T}×{’63, ’66, ’70, ’77}

A very enjoyable evening and particularly good to meet some new TPF faces, as well as our special guests. It was my first time at the RAF club, which seems an excellent venue with plenty space, facilities, good food and helpful staff. The ports showed a marked difference in colour between the 66 and...
by PhilW
08:14 Fri 14 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1966 Taylor
Replies: 4
Views: 1968

Re: 1966 Taylor

Light to medium and slightly yellow colour. Smelled of vinegar, tasted of paint stripper; absolutely foul and obviously a completely ruined port - undrinkable (and that's the edited version of my rather less polite tasting note from the night!).
by PhilW
22:02 Wed 12 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1153
Views: 285760

Re: Software that makes placemats

jdaw1 wrote:[*]Based on a suggestion of PhilW, BackgroundTextsGlassesPaintCode changed from 25% black to 6¼% black.
I would also suggest reducing their overall (font) size to 80% of current, and either increasing the line width by 40% or possible solid filling the characters (at 6.25 or 5%)
by PhilW
09:39 Mon 10 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Wanted Thread
Replies: 76
Views: 15835

Re: Wanted Thread

Currently looking to buy some Offley 70 - would happily share a case with someone.
by PhilW
09:29 Mon 10 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Software that makes placemats
Replies: 1153
Views: 285760

Re: Software that makes placemats

I'd vote purist, warts and all as necessary; it's the record of the event, with any notes or additional links provided in the review thread(s), rather than the corrected/updated event arrangements. Once you start adding extra helpful links, you risk incremental feature creep (links to tasting notes,...
by PhilW
08:56 Mon 10 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 11 October 2011 - Dow, Fonseca, Graham and Taylor
Replies: 95
Views: 22895

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

What time would it be useful for me to be at the venue to help with preparations? At the moment I'm assuming to be there by 2pm but can adjust as needed. Also if there is anything it would be helpful for me to bring, please let me know. Looking forward to it.

Phil.
by PhilW
16:15 Fri 07 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: More Graham’s ‟Single Tawnies”
Replies: 15
Views: 2027

Re: More Graham’s ‟Single Tawnies”

uncle tom wrote:Can supply you a bottle of the Dow '69 Colheita for £30 - if you want one..
Yes please, will definitely take you up on that please Tom - thank you for the offer :D
by PhilW
12:58 Fri 07 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: More Graham’s ‟Single Tawnies”
Replies: 15
Views: 2027

Re: More Graham’s ‟Single Tawnies”

DRT wrote:It will be interesting to see what the price of the 69 is.
The release of a Graham 69 colheita will at least increase the available ports from my birth year to 3, the other options of which I am aware being Taylor Vargellas and a Dow colheita; The latter retails for ~£60-90, if that is any guide.
by PhilW
13:28 Wed 05 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1
Replies: 87
Views: 19488

Re: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1

Location: suggestions please. Unless you fancy trying a new place (always good), I'd suggest using TCP as the weather will be cooler and we've used the Steak Exchange a few times recently; happy anywhere without good port, food and company though :D Those wishing to reserve specific circles may req...
by PhilW
09:31 Tue 04 Oct 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1977 Warre
Replies: 5
Views: 1874

Re: 1977 Warre

(copied-ish from recent email exchange with AHB, due to relevance here) For a recent celebration, I opened another bottle of W77 this weekend just passed; interestingly it was about the same colour as the one from the informal (slightly lighter than my expectation for ‘usual’) but tasted lovely. A l...
by PhilW
09:27 Tue 04 Oct 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1
Replies: 87
Views: 19488

Re: The arrival of Wiseman #3 and Wiseman #”“1

PhilW wrote:Nov 7,8 maybe
I can upgrade my "maybe" to a "probably" for the 8th. I might have to leave slightly earlier (around 10ish) as I will be unable to stay overnight in London due to commitments the following day - If that's all ok please include me :)

Phil.
by PhilW
16:19 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 17 November 2011 - GC/SW/QH triple vertical
Replies: 64
Views: 14158

Re: 17 November 2011 - GC/SW/QH triple vertical

More than happy to go ahead with the full plan :D
by PhilW
11:59 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Martinez
Replies: 3
Views: 1583

Re: 1970 Martinez

Very full and spicy flavour, but ruined for me by VA. Possibly very good without the VA.
by PhilW
11:58 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Offley Boa Vista
Replies: 7
Views: 2329

Re: 1970 Offley Boa Vista

Medium colour, simple straightforward port but very pleasant drinking. Best 70 of this offline for me (although possibly only because the Martinez was VA tainted). Very good.
by PhilW
11:56 Sat 24 Sep 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1970 Croft
Replies: 3
Views: 1839

Re: 1970 Croft

Medium colour and quite dry in the mouth; Not huge or long (at least compared with the other ports in this offline), but very nice. Slightly acid, but seemed as though it would pair superbly with soft blue cheese (and I will buy a bottle to do exactly that). Very good.