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by AHB
11:19 Sat 06 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Its very quiet
Replies: 4
Views: 740

Its very quiet

Its very quiet on the forum at the moment. Does this mean that people are very busy with work or does the lack of new tasting notes mean that people have stopped drinking port :shock: I may be in this category as I find myself considering opening a bottle of Phelan-Segur 2000 when my Quinta da Roeda...
by AHB
11:14 Sat 06 Oct 2007
Forum: Meaningless Drivel
Topic: Thats C for Chip Butty!
Replies: 11
Views: 1205

When I last had a chip butty in Hull, there was no namby, pamby margarine or butter. The bread was "lubricated" with beef dripping and the chips were fried in beef dripping. Needless to say, I took one look at the congealing mess and left Hull and have refused to travel North of the Thames ever sinc...
by AHB
07:45 Fri 05 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1995 Smith Woodhouse LBV (unfiltered)
Replies: 2
Views: 1286

Fred

Is this an unfiltered style of LBV? Do you think it will continue to improve with more time in the bottle?

Alex
by AHB
21:03 Thu 04 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Christmas is Coming
Replies: 12
Views: 1614

Mitcheltomb & Co Ltd was a wine merchant based in Somerset some years ago, I'm not sure when they went out of business. The bottle is old, but I'm not sure how old. I think from the design of and quality of the outside appearance of the bottle that it is between the wars or perhaps just after. Say 1...
by AHB
18:48 Thu 04 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Christmas is Coming
Replies: 12
Views: 1614

Christmas is Coming

About this time of year, as it gets dark and cold on my morning walk to the station, I start to cheer myself up with thoughts of what to open for Christmas. I like to open something out of the ordinary, but not something I only have one of. So far I have considered and rejected several bottles: Crof...
by AHB
18:38 Thu 04 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Thats G for Gluttony!
Replies: 2
Views: 699

Nope, never happens to me. I don't buy white port for that very reason!

Alex
by AHB
11:05 Thu 04 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: October Issue of Wine & Spirit Magazine
Replies: 1
Views: 598

October Issue of Wine & Spirit Magazine

I picked up a copy of October's Wine & Spirit Magazine this morning and thought I would let the folks on the forum know that there is a supplement this month on Portugal. The Douro (principally red wines) features quite a lot and makes for an interesting read for a while. Plus the added bonus that t...
by AHB
11:35 Wed 03 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Bonhams just got greedy
Replies: 3
Views: 748

I agree with Tom that Straker Chadwick are likely to benefit from the London insurers move to increase their buyer's premiums. I always take into account the BP when setting my maximum bid and so will generally be happy to offer a higher price at Straker's. Its been a while since I bid at Bonhams an...
by AHB
10:09 Mon 01 Oct 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Last edited...
Replies: 2
Views: 856

I think the line only appears if you perform an edit after someone else has viewed your posting. If you correct or edit a post before other people have seen the "draft" version then no-one ever knows that you had to go back and make a correction. Apart from this exception, I have always seen the lit...
by AHB
10:06 Mon 01 Oct 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Mirror, mirror..
Replies: 8
Views: 840

Assuming that a generation represents 20 years, which are the wines that I think will be at the absolute peak in both drinking impact and reputation amongst the cognosceti. For me there is only one, the Quinta do Noval Nacional 1963. I'm surprised that Julian didn't mention this in his posting and I...
by AHB
09:16 Mon 01 Oct 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Offline #5
Replies: 16
Views: 3158

I haven't really thought about a fee for anyone who doesn't have a bottle but would be interested in attending. However, I'm more than happy to discuss such things by private message. There are a number of these bottles available (at a price) on wine-searcher so it should not be too difficult to sou...
by AHB
21:50 Sat 29 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: October 12/13/14 London Offline
Replies: 3
Views: 1279

Arrangements have been refined a little and anyone on this forum who is free on the evening of Friday October 12th would be welcome to join us at the Crusting Pipe for some port drinking with Roy and a number of other folks. The theme for the evening will be "The War Years". Roy is sending over a bo...
by AHB
20:55 Sat 29 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Hutcheson
Replies: 1
Views: 1456

The following evening this wine has not improved noticeably, if anything, the alcohol was less integrated on the palate and the initial aftertaste. However, apart from the burn, the aftertaste is longer and better than it was yesterday - but not enough to improve the rating or relative rating of thi...
by AHB
23:17 Fri 28 Sep 2007
Forum: Site Stuff
Topic: Time for a TN sort?
Replies: 414
Views: 67028

Well, we have to keep you busy doing something otherwise you might disappear off to some other part of the world and sinmply drink port all day! :shock:

And if you ever did do that, we expect tasting notes on every drop of port that passes your lips. :D

Alex
by AHB
23:06 Fri 28 Sep 2007
Forum: Reviews
Topic: 2007 Harvest Tour Reports
Replies: 36
Views: 7512

Conky Wasn't Here - Oporto, October 2007 Nope, the initials don't work. Alan - we missed an opportunity for an offline here. We should have organised an offline with a theme of "What can we drink to show Derek and Andy that we don't care that they are there and we are here". Oh well, I have a leaky...
by AHB
22:59 Fri 28 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1987 Hutcheson
Replies: 1
Views: 1456

1987 Hutcheson Vintage Port

After 4½ hours in the decanter. Deep colour, a rich mahogany red-brown. Nose quite closed but giving some oatmeal and blueberries. Sweet entry, quite smooth, not a lot of fruit on the initial impact but there is some pleasant mid-palate development of sandalwood and redcurrants. The alcohol comes th...
by AHB
07:56 Fri 28 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel Price List of the Week
Replies: 107
Views: 26548

Re: The Don Restaurant, St Swithins Lane, London

This is a restaurant now established in the old bottling factory of the Sandeman company in London. Prices are per bottle Sandeman 1970 £150 Graham 1960 £185 That doesn't sound too bad. The prices may not sound too bad until you put them into the context of the UK retail market - Sandeman 1970 can ...
by AHB
12:54 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1912 Cockburn
Replies: 0
Views: 1284

1912 Cockburn

NV Mitcheltombs Port, believed vintage A bottle shown at the pre-sale tasting at Bonhams. The lowest fill level from two parcels of 18 and 12 bottles respectively. No labels or markings on the bottles other than the UK bottlers' name in the moulding on the seal. The bottles look old and are 3 part ...
by AHB
12:53 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2005 Niepoort
Replies: 1
Views: 1147

2005 Niepoort Vintage Port

There is something about Dirk Niepoort's ports that just doesn't sit right with me, but I've not been able to put my finger on it yet, but they just miss the mark for what I look for in a vintage port. This was no exception, from a half-bottle. Thick, dark and viscous in the glass, an impenetrable p...
by AHB
12:51 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1994 Davy
Replies: 0
Views: 1171

1994 Davy's Vintage Port

Shipped by Skeffington. Very dark centre, deep red rim. Youthful blackcurrants on the nose over the top of some eucalyptus from the unintegrated alcohol. A dry entry, soft and smooth. Not a lot of up front flavours but a beautiful texture. Some rich redcurrant and meat juice tones in the mid-palate ...
by AHB
12:50 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 1983 Graham
Replies: 2
Views: 1673

This is the tasting note that I took as I was tasting the bottle that Derek wrote about above. Very dark centre, deep red rim (the same colour almost as the Skeffington '94 tasted at the same time). Obvious alcohol on the nose, but a lovely blueberry juice and a damp earthiness mixed in with it. Swe...
by AHB
09:08 Thu 27 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Christmas Offline
Replies: 141
Views: 19364

What's the maximum number of people we can comfortably accommodate at an offline? I have a couple of friends I have been trying to persuade to come to an offline for ages and the Christmas one might appeal to them. However, we are getting close to numbers which would mean we get a small sample pour ...
by AHB
23:16 Wed 26 Sep 2007
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Hotel Price List of the Week
Replies: 107
Views: 26548

The Don Restaurant, St Swithins Lane, London

This is a restaurant now established in the old bottling factory of the Sandeman company in London. I've eaten there and the food is very good and the range of ports on offer is very impressive. However, you may spot why Derek and I did not go there tonight as we originally planned ... Prices are pe...
by AHB
22:31 Wed 26 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: Unofficial Offline
Replies: 12
Views: 2326

We tasted the Graham 1983, a Skeffington 1994 (surprisingly good), a Niepoort 2005 and an unknown shipper from an unknown vintage that we estimate was from between the wars. Tasting notes on the first three will follow tomorrow. Impressions of the last will also be added but there wasn't really enou...
by AHB
19:12 Tue 25 Sep 2007
Forum: Organising Tastings and Get-togethers
Topic: The Port Forum Christmas Offline
Replies: 141
Views: 19364

I think the times are compatible on the basis that 08:00 is the commencement of pre-dinner beer drinking and the TPF Netherlands Branch will arrive shortly thereafter either in a cab or by one of us picking them up at the airport. That is some serious pre-dinner beer drinking that Derek has in mind...