An Oddity

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Will W.
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An Oddity

Post by Will W. » 10:29 Sat 13 Jul 2019

Purchased inexpensively last week through an online flea market in Portugal. I did (and do) not have any great hope for the content. What caught my attention was the broad arrow on the cap, which indicated to me that the bottle run was prepared for HMG and, in particular, the Ministry of Defence. Has anyone seen this sort of thing before?

As to content, whilst the bottle has no label, interested readers will presumably conclude, as did I, that it is a Gonzalez Byass 1960 colheita. The older style of selo would suggest that it did not spend all that long in the barrel before bottling.
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Re: An Oddity

Post by PhilW » 12:38 Sat 13 Jul 2019

The symbol on the cap is the Gonzales Byass & Co. logo (the C wraps the & above the o).

See GB labels in the VPID for examples, such as http://www.hallarn.com/vpid/vpid_image. ... &qnum=3096

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Re: An Oddity

Post by Andy Velebil » 14:04 Sat 13 Jul 2019

What makes you think it’s a 1960?

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Re: An Oddity

Post by Will W. » 16:45 Sat 13 Jul 2019

I am really laughing at myself, and I hope that the rest of you are too! Even on a second look, albeit with evidently failing eyesight, I would guess again that I was looking at a 60. However, that is clearly not the case. As for the (broad) arrow, and the rest, I had forgotten the GB logo, I suppose because I have only ever consumed one bottle of GB VP - a while back. I would still maintain that it is the broad arrow found on old government ordnance which was still stamped on some of the more archaic kit when I was a young soldier, nearly forty years ago. Perhaps GB adopted that, for whatever reason. At any rate, mea culpa, what with taking up valuable space on this forum.

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Re: An Oddity

Post by jdaw1 » 21:24 Sat 13 Jul 2019

Will W. wrote:
16:45 Sat 13 Jul 2019
with taking up valuable space on this forum.
The discussion is valuable. The space is cheap. Be not shy about posting.

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Re: An Oddity

Post by uncle tom » 15:47 Mon 15 Jul 2019

Gonzalez Byass certainly, and T stoppered.

At the risk of being hailed a pessimist, this could quite easily be a bottle of standard ruby or tawny..
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Re: An Oddity

Post by AHB » 10:42 Tue 16 Jul 2019

It's always fun to look at pictures of old Port bottles. Please don't be shy about posting.

But I do know what you mean about the broad arrowhead symbol.
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