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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by DRT » 00:12 Fri 17 Jan 2020

jdaw1 wrote:
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Christopher wrote:
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I would rather like to do the Matrix tasting of 2005 again. Would be great to compare 63,66 and 70.
Of 2005? Pre-TPF, and pre my meeting any of you. Please say more.
In early October 2005 there was a tasting at The Crusting Pipe where a group of like-minded souls from both sides of the Atlantic tasted Dow, Fonseca, Taylor and Sandeman 1963, 1966 and 1970. From memory the attendees were Alex B, Alex K, Christopher, Nick, Nicos, Linden, Roy, Mario, Andy, Stewart, myself and Jo.

All of the Ports were terrible. You would have hated it. We should do it again.
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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by jdaw1 » 00:36 Fri 17 Jan 2020

DRT wrote:
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You would have hated it.
Only because there were no placemats. Next time there will be placemats, so I’m in.

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Post by PhilW » 10:15 Fri 17 Jan 2020

nac wrote:Warre vertical?

Potentially including some different shippers for the same vintage.

I'd be happy to organise this one if it was of interest...
I would love to do a full Warre vertical.

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Re: RE: Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by AHB » 12:41 Mon 20 Jan 2020

PhilW wrote:
10:15 Fri 17 Jan 2020
nac wrote:Warre vertical?

Potentially including some different shippers for the same vintage.

I'd be happy to organise this one if it was of interest...
I would love to do a full Warre vertical.
I believe this year is Warre's 350th anniversary. It would seem a good year to do a Warre vertical - although we might struggle to make it a full vertical with every vintage going back to 1670. We could make our lives easier by only going back to 1729 when the company became named "Warre".
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Post by nac » 14:52 Mon 20 Jan 2020

AHB wrote:
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I believe this year is Warre's 350th anniversary. It would seem a good year to do a Warre vertical - although we might struggle to make it a full vertical with every vintage going back to 1670. We could make our lives easier by only going back to 1729 when the company became named "Warre".
As a starter how about going for pre-1990 vintages?
Suspect that as a group we'll be able to offer up a fairly deep selection.

Who's the best contact at B&F to check room availability? Once I've got some date options I'll open up the list...

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Post by flash_uk » 15:50 Mon 20 Jan 2020

nac wrote:
14:52 Mon 20 Jan 2020
Who's the best contact at B&F to check room availability? Once I've got some date options I'll open up the list...
I usually just dial the main number and say I'd like to check a date for a Port Forum booking. Invariably it's one of the managers or shift supervisors that picks up. Best to call between 3 and 5 when the lunchtime rush has passed.

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by flash_uk » 21:30 Sun 26 Jan 2020

I have updated the first post, moving suggestions into time windows. Comments welcome.

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by flash_uk » 15:31 Fri 07 Feb 2020

Top post updated with scheduled events.

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by nac » 15:37 Sat 22 Feb 2020

Having recently enjoyed a couple of 97s (W and GC - which was particularly fine), think that a 97@25 tasting should go onto the list for 2022.

I'll volunteer to organise.

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by flash_uk » 20:55 Sat 22 Feb 2020

nac wrote:
15:37 Sat 22 Feb 2020
Having recently enjoyed a couple of 97s (W and GC - which was particularly fine), think that a 97@25 tasting should go onto the list for 2022.

I'll volunteer to organise.
List updated.

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Post by nac » 17:02 Tue 25 Feb 2020

flash_uk wrote:
20:55 Sat 22 Feb 2020
nac wrote:
15:37 Sat 22 Feb 2020
Having recently enjoyed a couple of 97s (W and GC - which was particularly fine), think that a 97@25 tasting should go onto the list for 2022.

I'll volunteer to organise.
List updated.
Might it be useful to include dates (where known) on the list?
Alternatively could the "Organising..." thread have a pinned item listing all the arranged events?

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by nac » 10:35 Tue 03 Mar 2020

Also discussed and possibilities for this year (potentially as a single tasting if only limited bottles are available):
  • Mackenzie vertical
  • 50 @ 70
Probably worth people saying what they have available for these to determine viability.

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by winesecretary » 14:08 Tue 03 Mar 2020

I have only Mackenzie 1955
I have only Dow 1950

That was easy...

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by nac » 23:18 Wed 04 Mar 2020

...and I have only
Mackenzie 1948
Offley Boa Vista 1950

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by forest26 » 19:45 Wed 11 Mar 2020

Port legends - Iconic ports of the 20th C (or even 19th). E.g. Ck12, Cr45, T48, N31, F66, F27 etc. Small gathering... perhaps 8 max??

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by flash_uk » 20:07 Wed 11 Mar 2020

forest26 wrote:
19:45 Wed 11 Mar 2020
Port legends - Iconic ports of the 20th C (or even 19th). E.g. Ck12, Cr45, T48, N31, F66, F27 etc. Small gathering... perhaps 8 max??
I was hoping not to break into my cases of these?

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by jdaw1 » 23:31 Wed 11 Mar 2020

flash_uk wrote:
20:07 Wed 11 Mar 2020
forest26 wrote:
19:45 Wed 11 Mar 2020
Port legends - Iconic ports of the 20th C (or even 19th). E.g. Ck12, Cr45, T48, N31, F66, F27 etc. Small gathering... perhaps 8 max??
I was hoping not to break into my cases of these?
Really? You didn’t inherit most of a pipe? Nebs.

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by PhilW » 11:01 Mon 06 Jul 2020

Not that this is the best time to try and organise it for obvious reasons, but just to record it while I think of it: I think it would be very interesting to do an '03 vs '05 tasting at some point. I realise that '03 is the generally accepted best year, but have been very impressed with several '05s; it may well be that they are earlier maturing, but at least for those/some of the producers who did release an '05 I think it would be an interesting comparison, both now-ish and in another 5/10 years time.

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by winesecretary » 14:45 Mon 31 Aug 2020

As I pack my suitcase with port from the cellar to bring back to town, I contemplate with pleasure the well-stocked diary of tastings for the next three months.

BBR - 22/9/20
VE Day - 28/9/20
1970 (3rd tranche) - 8/10/20
1970 (1st and 2nd tranches) - 9/10/20
Warre Sesq. - 20/10/20
No Tasting Note - 12/11/20
1980 - 24/11/20

While I am making sure I have the materiel I am contributing immediately to hand, perhaps we should ask the organisers in each case to confirm that these are expected to take place.

NAC has already done so for the VE Day. NAC, what's the view on the Warre Sesq? I fully intend for the no-tasting-note and 1980 to take place. The BBR is quite soon and AHB has already asked the question on that one. What's the view on the 1970 ones? They involve quite a few non-UK people.

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by Justin K » 20:42 Sat 05 Sep 2020

Just thought that as I have a couple of leakers in my cellar that that would make for a good online tasting because if it(they) are not drinkable only one person suffers! I’m assuming most of us have a couple.

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by winesecretary » 22:25 Sat 05 Sep 2020

'Leakers' is a great idea for an online tasting!

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Re: Ideas for tastings

Post by nac » 11:34 Mon 07 Sep 2020

winesecretary wrote:
14:45 Mon 31 Aug 2020
NAC has already done so for the VE Day. NAC, what's the view on the Warre Sesq? I fully intend for the no-tasting-note and 1980 to take place. The BBR is quite soon and AHB has already asked the question on that one. What's the view on the 1970 ones? They involve quite a few non-UK people.
VE Day tasting on 28/9 currently proceeding as planned, but have decided to postpone Warre 350. Individual threads have been updated.

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