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by JacobH
10:22 Mon 10 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 24
Views: 5783

Re: Made from Port packaging

Indeed. Box construction is pretty robust and has a hinged lid with magnetic catches. Was considering adding a USB charging point. Would still then have room to stash an emergency half of TV96 in it. That’s good to know. The older Sandeman tawnies come in similar high-spec boxes but the lids are no...
by JacobH
09:39 Mon 10 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Made from Port packaging
Replies: 24
Views: 5783

Re: Made from Port packaging

nac wrote:
09:36 Mon 10 May 2021
Inspired by Julian's lamp, thought I'd have a play. Needs a better bulb and a shade, but quite pleased with this...
That’s very good! I feel like there must be something that could be usefully stored in the box...
by JacobH
10:44 Sun 09 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961

It says ‘unblended’ on the label and so clearly not crusted by today’s definition. I don’t when the minimum 4 years came in for LBV but producers appeared to have more license when it came to labelling back then eg Warre LBV 62 is simply labelled as ‘Vintage’ even though it was bottled in 66. I won...
by JacobH
21:13 Sat 08 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham's Six Grapes Port
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: NV Graham's Six Grapes Port

What surprised everyone is that the two Ports originally chosen for the tasting because they were thought to be the best available both finished mid-pack. What shocked everyone is that Taylor's First Estate won (or tied for the win in) every tasting in which it was present. Thanks for this. It’s a ...
by JacobH
18:43 Sat 08 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 61
Views: 4983

Re: 2019 Declarations

I didn't see this part mentioned, apologies if I missed it, so will bring it up. It is much easier for a smaller producer to make a VP every year than a very large one. While it may seem counter intuitive, it isn't always feasible for a larger company to make and market a VP every year. For a large...
by JacobH
18:17 Sat 08 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port for sale by retailer
Replies: 1305
Views: 417003

Re: Port for sale by retailer

Those both looked like very interesting offers. Can anyone remind me the history of Palmer? Is it one the van Zellers’ Barão de Vilar brands?
by JacobH
21:58 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5464

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

75c per this approved label for it. Click the printable version tab to see the pics. https://ttbonline.gov/colasonline/viewColaDetails.do?action=publicDisplaySearchBasic&ttbid=21082001000211 Hmm...I guess when they talk about there being 2 casks they aren’t referring to 550l pipes? Otherwise they w...
by JacobH
21:45 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5464

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

I assume the bottles are 50cl? Otherwise I can't reconcile any of the numbers. I also wonder how much gets sent out as samples? I get the impression, which might be wrong, that they feel they have to distribute them really quite widely to get the level of publicity they want.
by JacobH
20:59 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5464

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

According to The Drinks Business they are releasing 1,700 bottles of this at a RRP of £3,950, giving each pipe a gross retail value of around £3.35M. I am sure it would be unfair to speculate what sort of quality of Quinta one could purchase for that sum ;-)
by JacobH
13:49 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5464

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

That’s fair enough, although the figures I have seen suggest starting at about 3% and then falling to 1%. I’m not sure that I have read it stopping altogether after a certain point which would be necessary for the majority of the wine in the barrel to remain over 100+ years without topping up from e...
by JacobH
13:28 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961

It's probably as you say, this was, in all likelihood, an LBV in all but name (and in the fact that it only spent 3 years in wood, as opposed to the mandatory minimum of 4 years for LBVs). Oh, yes, I keep forgetting about the 4-year limit since so little VP is bottled in the third year after harves...
by JacobH
13:24 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5464

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

Regardless, I have no issues with this, so long as the end product is good. Otherwise we’re all gonna be eating a spoon full of old port-molasses. I have no difficulties with the wine-making principle. It’s just the advertising I don’t like. If they were always topped up with something newer than o...
by JacobH
13:07 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny
Replies: 37
Views: 5464

Re: Taylor’s Kingsman Edition Very Old Tawny

Taylor’s have just advertised a new very old tawny, this time a 1896 colheita. Rather than create a new thread, I thought I would bump this one. It is accompanied by a glossy website . I do feel a little be uneasy about the advertising, though, as I do with many of these products. For example, sayin...
by JacobH
12:18 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Graham's Six Grapes Port
Replies: 6
Views: 562

Re: NV Graham's Six Grapes Port

How do you think it compares to the other mainstream Ruby Reserves (e.g. the Cockburn Special Reserve, Fonseca Bin 27 etc.)?

I keep meaning to do a comparative tasting of them at some point!
by JacobH
12:15 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: 2016 Valriz
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Re: 2016 Valriz

The only Valriz I have tried was its 40-year-old tawny which was very nice. It’s very hard to find anything out about them online. The company is “Coimbra de Mattos” with an address in Galafura which is just under half-way between Reguá and Pinhão on the North Bank, before Quinta do Crasto. They als...
by JacobH
12:03 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Tasting Notes
Topic: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961
Replies: 8
Views: 1368

Re: NV Quinta do Noval Crusted 1961

Does anyone know why it has a year and a bottling date? Current practice for Crusted is that the big year on the bottle is the bottling year and the contents are usually a mixture of different vintages (sometimes disclosed, sometimes not). Was this effectively a LBV? (PS. A fascinating Port to try, ...
by JacobH
09:06 Wed 05 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 61
Views: 4983

Re: 2019 Declarations

As I write this I do see that the habit of frequent declarations could be open to abuse by an unscrupulous winemaker or company owner who just needs a short term profit or injection of cash, but making and selling sub-standard Port would quickly result in a damaged reputation and a loss of reputati...
by JacobH
10:23 Mon 03 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 61
Views: 4983

Re: 2019 Declarations

It seems to me that history has demonstrated that it is only very rare that a vintage is so bad that it is impossible to produce vintage Port. Perhaps 3 or 4 times a century? That makes me think that declaring 3 times a decade is as much a business model as anything else. (At least in recent years: ...
by JacobH
10:10 Mon 03 May 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port and Tonic- in a can!
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Re: Port and Tonic- in a can!

It's Chip Dry, yes. I thought this was a bit of a shame since I think their other white, the Fine White, is a better Port. But I can understand why the huge brand inertia behind the Chip Dry means they had to use it in this! The tonic is apparently a bespoke recipe. I am very hopeful that this prod...
by JacobH
21:26 Fri 30 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 61
Views: 4983

Re: 2019 Declarations

Oscar Quevedo has declared his 2019 VP What was the last year that Oscar didn't declare a vintage? Is this 5 in a row now? 2013 judging by the previous posts on :tpf:, so I guess that makes it six? Some quantities have been really tiny, though. I guess they, like Noval, are going down a route of pu...
by JacobH
21:02 Fri 30 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: Port and Tonic- in a can!
Replies: 5
Views: 205

Port and Tonic- in a can!

Taylor's Port announces the launch of the first ready-to-drink white Port & tonic in a can. https://taylor.pt/en/news/taylors-port-announces-the-first-ready-to-drink-white-port-tonic-in-a-can Will this be the most controversial Port product launch since Pink Port? I think it's a great idea. I don't...
by JacobH
12:54 Mon 26 Apr 2021
Forum: Other Wines
Topic: 2016 Biddenden Ortega
Replies: 7
Views: 2114

Re: 2016 Biddenden Ortega

This is the only one of their products I've tried, but given its quality I will happily try other of their wines, ciders or meads. I recently came across a shop selling their cider and bought a bottle of their dry “Strong Kentish Cider” which is 8.4%. It’s clear & uncarbonated, with very little swe...
by JacobH
20:50 Fri 23 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: I'm going to be having a bad week...
Replies: 33
Views: 1985

Re: I'm going to be having a bad week...

I know the feeling about a terrible week! Although I imagine there are few ills that a Graham 1985 could not cure. Alex’s post reminds me of how much I miss doing “normal” things like having El Vino’s rather distinctive style of food (& service!) with some Port either for lunch or in the evening. I’...
by JacobH
19:30 Wed 21 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 61
Views: 4983

Re: 2019 Declarations

Incidentally, I think it’s quite a few years since TFP haven’t released any SQVP en primeur. I know that most of it goes out when it is about 10-15 years old but I think some has generally also been available on release. I wonder if, having declared so many vintages in a row, they are worried about...
by JacobH
08:48 Wed 21 Apr 2021
Forum: Port Conversations
Topic: 2019 Declarations
Replies: 61
Views: 4983

Re: 2019 Declarations

Incidentally, I think it’s quite a few years since TFP haven’t released any SQVP en primeur. I know that most of it goes out when it is about 10-15 years old but I think some has generally also been available on release. I wonder if, having declared so many vintages in a row, they are worried about ...