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by PhilW
17:13 Sun 28 Aug 2011
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Finding a new favourite vintage port
Replies: 37
Views: 5780

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: 423988

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: 2732

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: 21314

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: 1061

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: 2435

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: 14336

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: 1628

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: 14336

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: 14336

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: 3352

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: 3352

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: 1788

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: 6686

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: 15693

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: 3713

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: 3713

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: 3010

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... ;)
by PhilW
09:49 Wed 20 Jul 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Monday 8th August Tasting - Port from the 90s
Replies: 76
Views: 15693

Re: (Early) August Tasting?

I'd be up for joining you on the 8th as well, happy to try steak exchange or be at TCP. Would have brought a bottle of Warres 91, but have just drunk it :)

Phil.
by PhilW
14:11 Tue 19 Jul 2011
Forum: Reviews
Topic: NY 1970s VP, Chris MIA tasting
Replies: 13
Views: 3397

Re: NY 1970s VP, Chris MIA tasting

An interesting read, especially for me since my favourites are F70 and W77, and an interesting result regarding the odd cork in the Warres bottle. I notice from the tasting notes that you mention the cardboard and wood on the nose; I often find the latter (the woodiness, if that is a word) as a comp...
by PhilW
09:07 Tue 05 Jul 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 11 October 2011 - Dow, Fonseca, Graham and Taylor
Replies: 95
Views: 21314

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

Oh my: isn’t the current draft of placemats sufficiently complicated? You can always ignore my suggestion, I won't be offended :) FWIW I didn't intend any change to placemats to be required as a consequence of the above. I would be happy to assist with preparation/decanting etc on the day if needed...
by PhilW
15:17 Mon 04 Jul 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 11 October 2011 - Dow, Fonseca, Graham and Taylor
Replies: 95
Views: 21314

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

You could perhaps sufficiently reduce the 'insider knowledge' of the people performing the initial decant, while also increasing the number of people who could be involved without compromising port identities with minor modification to your steps: 1. Source sufficient dark glass bottles (there might...
by PhilW
11:25 Fri 01 Jul 2011
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell
Replies: 91
Views: 18145

Re: 15 December 2011 - The Unknown Shipper at the Bell?

Hi - I've decided I should sign myself off for this one; as third reserve I'm very unlikely to be needed, and getting rooms at the last minute likely impossible, plus will simplify any other pre-xmas arrangements.

Phil.
by PhilW
09:47 Tue 28 Jun 2011
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Apostrophe crimes
Replies: 2057
Views: 269394

Re: Apostrophe crimes

jdaw1 wrote:
[url=http://www.theportforum.com/viewtopic.php?p=43393#p43393]Here[/url] PhilW wrote:which is remarkable given it's current age...
argh.. that'll teach me to modify my sentence mid-flow; I think it was going to be "which is remarkable given it's over 30years old". Bugger.
by PhilW
14:52 Sat 25 Jun 2011
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1985 Dow
Replies: 3
Views: 1808

Re: 1985 Dow

Medium colour, with a light fruity smell (which seemed to disappear later, unless our noses had been overwhelmed by others by that point). On tasting, medium dry, slightly spirity, light in flavour with no woody tones. Similar to F83 but lighter - a very nice port, though I prefer something with a f...